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What Does it Take to Burn Holiday Calories?

Pecan PieTis the season for holiday parties and holiday treats. With all of the treats available, it can often seem impossible to stick to a healthy fitness routine. As a fitness expert, it’s important to be able to answer your client’s questions and help motivate them to make healthier decisions. One way to do that is by explaining what it takes to burn off the calories from these holiday favorites.

  • Sugar Cookies. With over 100 calories per cookie, this holiday treat is far from an innocent treat. To help your client put this into perspective, explain to them what physical activity it takes to burn 100 calories. A few ways to burn 100 calories are moderate walking, squats, or pushups for 15 minutes.
  • Eggnog. If we were to pick the most sneaky way that calories get into our diet, it’s in the form of liquids. And especially around the holidays, eggnog is no exception. Clocking in at over 200 per cup, a serving or two of eggnog can add up quick. Remind your client to be aware of empty calories in the form of holiday beverages. To burn off 200 calories, your client would either need to walk or go cycling at a moderate pace for 30 minutes.
  • Popcorn. Everyone love those multi-flavored popcorn tins. And popcorn is healthy, right? Not exactly. With virtually no nutrition, this snack can quickly add up the calories without satisfying hunger. Advise your client to keep snacking in check, as 300 or more calories can be consumed when the tin is available. To burn off these 300 calories, your client would need to jog for 30 minutes or take an hour-long aqua aerobics class.
  • Cheesecake. The holidays tend to come full of delicious treats and desserts. Cheesecake seems to be a guilty pleasure that can derail even those who are the most dedicated to their fitness plan. Without any toppings, a standard piece of cheesecake runs about 400 calories. Burning off a single piece will take 30 vigorous minutes on the stationary bike or nearly an hour of ice skating.
  • Pecan Pie. This holiday favorite comes with a hefty calorie tag—500 calories per slice to be exact. It’s a common misconception that pecan pie is not that bad for you because of the pecans. The truth is that your client will need to run a moderately-paced 10k (6.2 miles), freestyle swim for near an hour, or cross country ski at a moderate pace for an hour.

Helping your clients understand the amount of activity needed to burn off their food choices can help them make better decisions and ultimately manage their weight loss goals effectively. Your clients may also benefit from Meratrim®. Studies show that people taking Meratrim® on average lost 11 pounds in 4 weeks when combined with a healthy diet and fitness plan. Learn more about Meratrim® on our website or by calling 1-800-783-4636 today.

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