Taste of Health Francesca Ballicu | 10 months ago

Counting Calories? How to Burn Off What You Eat

Here’s how much exercise it takes to burn off common holiday foods.

If you prefer old-fashioned exercise over a trendy diet to get back on track after some seasonal munching, now you can see what it takes to burn off some common foods and negate what you ate. Here’s how you can fight back against weight gain. Nutrition Pitfalls Infographic

Skip the Skin, Stretch It Off

Skip turkey and chicken with skin. It’s filled with bad fats and empty calories. Dark meat also has more fat; choose breast meat, without skin.

Pass on Caramel Popcorn, Prance With a Partner

While festive and fun, colorful tins of mouth-watering popcorn can be filled with sugar and fat. Opt for plain popcorn to deliver a satisfying crunch without extra calories.

Cut Out Cookies, Clear Some Weeds

While cookies taste good and trigger the release of the feel-good chemical, serotonin, they’re packed with carbs and are best enjoyed in moderation. Instead, reach for complex carbs, such as whole-grain crackers.

Sip Mixed Drinks in Moderation, Make Waves

The calories in cocktails add up fast. Make a wine spritzer by adding some pomegranate juice to your favorite Pinot Noir. You’ll shave calories and sneak in a serving of fruit.

Nibble Bite-Sized Candy, Try an Exercise Buffet

Those individually wrapped candy bars range from 40 to 90 calories each.

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