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started by Sujin Chu on 05 Dec 13
  • Sujin Chu
    Sure thing everyone wants to know how to work off Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe cancel your plans to watch movie night or watch football after dinner or maybe why not cancel your plans on going shopping on Friday because more probably it will take over a weekend to work it off.

    In a proposition to center Americans on keeping an eye and controlling their weight, public health advocates have embraced posting calories, labeling nutritional content and offering all manner of helpful and eye-catching logos to catch consumers' awareness to "better-for-you choices." But there's rising evidence that no form of consumer information suggests the probable impact of a food choice on one's weight quite as mightily as do "sweat equivalents."

    Sweat equals leave little room for self-delusion. They don't have need of anything to know how many calories a day she should be taking in, or what percentage of that total that bag of potato chips represents. They simply say: "If you eat this, this is how long you'd have to jog (or swim, or jump rope or play basketball) to work it off."

    Simple's good. And in experiments, posting sweat equals forcefully steered consumers toward water over sugar-sweetened soda, pretzels over chips, salads over cheeseburgers.

    CoachUp, a service that connects athletes intent on stepping up their game with private coaches, brings you the "sweat equivalents" of a typical American Thanksgiving.

    The average American takes in 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving which means that is a lot of turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, creamed onions, candied yams and pumpkin pie - actually, about seven Big Macs' worth of calories.

    From of good reputation of sources on the energy-expenditure of a variety of activities, are some of the activities you will have to engage in to work off the average American intake on Thanksgiving:

    - Run (or play basketball or football) for 7.7 hours;
    - Cycle for 15 hours;
    - Row (or hike) for 10.3 hours;
    - Swim for 10.6 hours, (or bowl for almost twice that long - 20.6 hours)

    You may be anticipating forward to spending hours on the elliptical machine this weekend, or have plans anyway to run a marathon or marathons. However you might try to alter what scientists call the "energy balance equation" (calories taken in versus calories expended in activity) a little on both sides if you want to limit Thanksgiving's damage: Don't go back for thirds on Thanksgiving Day and plan a long hike or an epic game of flag football after the meal, and run the next day.

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