We’re all guilty of indulging in a Big Mac (then trying to save face by pairing it with a Diet Coke amiright?!).  But would we do it so often if we knew just how long it would really take to burn off all those extra calories?

You may think the extra Tim Tam you had at afternoon tea won’t do you any harm, but if you’re trying to lose a few kilos, and there’s no way to ‘sugar coat’ this, you need to cut out the cheat food.

Put simply, if you consume more calories than you need, unless they’re burnt off with increased physical exercise, they’re going to show up on your bathroom scales.

The good news is that researchers from a Texan University found that once we’re aware of how much these treats will cost us in hardcore exercise, we’ll generally be more reluctant to succumb to temptation. 

So below is a list of some of Australia’s favourite fast foods, sweet treats and beverages, along with an example of the total amount of exercise it may take for you to burn those calories off.  Be warned, the results are shocking and may turn you off fast food forever. You’re welcome!?

McDonald’s Big Mac with regular fries – 861 calories

Running: one hour and 10 minutes

Swimming: one hour and 40 minutes

Yoga: takes two hours and 30 minutes

Walking: three hours and 10 minutes

Nando’s Quarter Chicken with regular chips – 943 calories

Running: one hour and 20 minutes

Swimming: one hour and 50 minutes

Yoga: two hours and 50 minutes

Walking: three hours and 30 minutes

Sumo Salad Sumo Famous Caesar Salad – 385 calories

Running: 20 minutes

Swimming: 40 minutes

Yoga: one hour

Walking: one hour and 20 minutes

Subway Chicken Parmigiana Melt sandwich – 472 calories

Running: 30 minutes

Swimming: 50 minutes

Yoga: one hour and 20 minutes

Walking: one hour and 40 minutes

Boost Banana Buzz medium smoothie – 349 calories

Running: 20 minutes

Swimming: 30 minutes

Yoga: one hour

Walking: one hour and 10 minutes

Domino’s BBQ Meatlovers small pizza – 966 calories

Running: one hour and 20 minutes

Swimming: one hour and 50 minutes

Yoga: two hours and 50 minutes

Walking: three hours and 40 minutes

Red Rooster Quarter Chicken with small chips – 558 calories

Running: 40 minutes

Swimming: one hour

Yoga: one hour and 50 minutes

Walking: two hours

Sushi Train three salmon rolls – 575 calories

Running: 50 minutes

Swimming: one hour

Yoga: one hour and 40 minutes

Walking: two hours and 10 minutes

Hungry Jack’s Whopper with regular fries – 1,046 calories

Running: one hour and 30 minutes

Swimming: two hours

Yoga: three hours and 10 minutes

Walking: four hours

Baskin Robbins one scoop of Choc Chip Cookie Dough ice cream – 275 calories

Running: 20 minutes

Swimming: 30 minutes

Yoga: 40 minutes

Walking: one hour

Note: This is a general guide only, and is based on the energy intake and requirements of a 65kg-70kg female aged in her 30s.

Source: huffingtonpost.com.au, tumblr.com

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