Here’s to hoping you’ve all had a lovely Easter Bank Holiday, I know I did despite much of it being a blur of Easter egg, roast dinner and party food indulgences, followed up by a particularly intense, compensatory gym session. Yes there were some Easter eggs eaten over the weekend, it just had to be done during this period considering the effort I put in to my diet and training any other day. Some might argue that a good diet any other day doesn’t warrant a binge over a festive period or any other public holiday, but I’d argue that this is entirely subjective. If you have an acute or chronic condition that is directly effected by a large intake of sugar or fat, then it would be prudent for one to not over indulge in the Easter eggs. If you regularly snack on chocolate and processed foods throughout the week, then sorry, but you really have no business ‘treating’ yourself to several Easter eggs during the public holidays. If you want to indulge over the public holidays then earn the right to…but this is just my opinion, feel free to do whatever you choose with it.
A Moment On The Lips = A Lifetime On The Hips
This is a somewhat unnecessary and ill- informed rhyme in that a chocolate egg you eat over Easter will not stay on your hips for a lifetime, this is just plain silly. However the message is a valid one, it aims to suggest that a moment of indulgence may make you feel good for a moment, but the price you pay for many of these short term fixes may last a while longer. Consequences for repeat indulgences may include extra inches around the waist, reductions in muscle and definition, elevated blood pressure or an increased risk of related chronic conditions such as Diabetes or heart disease. These are extreme, and some people have greater dispositions to such conditions than others (family history of such conditions etc), but they remain very real and possible should people regularly succumb to the draw of a high sugar, high fat, high calorie and highly processed snack. Many people will choose to train so that they can afford to eat what they like, when they like, and although their calorie intake may balance out this way, their blood sugar levels, insulin sensitivity and free fatty acid levels may not. A healthy, nutritionally balanced, calorie controlled diet with an odd treat thrown in is always the best option.
What is the cost of consuming too many Easter eggs?
Although an Easter is fine as a treat, the calorific content of such as treat is high because of the ingredient combination of sugar and cream! The rich and delicious ingredients of these treats mean you have to exercise in order to bring the calorific balance back down to normal. So if you found yourself snacking on a chocolate egg or two over Easter, then here’s what you need to do in order to get back to balance…
Nutritionist Darren Casey did a little research and suggested that an average hollow Easter egg is approx 250-300kcal, and this will require either 75mins walking, 35mins non-stop running at 6mph, 15-20mins of high intensity metabolic training e.g. an average Crossfit WOD, or a massive 19mins of burpees.
This gives an idea of what is needed to burn off the calories consumed in an Easter egg. This may be more achievable for some than others, but the most shocking part of this for many is the sheer amount of effort required to counter the indulgence of an Easter egg! Walking around the gym chatting for 5mins in between exercises is not going to cut it, the exercise duration either has to be long in duration or particularly high in intensity in order to keep your tummy trim during a public holiday binge.
MailOnline, (2014). Bad news: Burning off just one Easter egg can take FOUR HOURS of non-stop walking (and even a Creme Egg takes 50 minutes). Retrieved 22nd April, 2014, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2606875/Bad-news-Burning-just-one-Easter-egg-FOUR-HOURS-non-stop-walking.html