Avoiding the Easter Weight Trap


The Easter buns and chocolate eggs have been visible since early January and with Easter just a few days away, the lure of sweet treats may be becoming just too hard to bear. If though, you are hoping to survive the long holiday weekend without gaining a couple of kg to match, you do need to take control immediately. 

First of all, try, try, try to not indulge until it is actually Easter which means that that bag of tiny eggs you have in your desk drawer needs to go into the rubbish, right now! Considering that a single, small milk chocolate bunny has the equivalent number of calories that it would take an hour of treadmill running to burn off, the little bunny may suddenly seem far less attractive. 

Unfortunately those little eggs are not much better either with just three mini Easter eggs containing more than 500kJ and let’s be honest, who can stop at three? Generally speaking, once we open a packet, we eat the packet. The same can be said for Easter buns – a traditional small Easter bun contains just 600kJ compared to the mega chocolate chip varieties that now inundate our stores which contain more than 1000kJ, and that is without the butter. More importantly, trying to hold off these tempting treats until Good Friday is an even better idea.

Where possible, look for portion controlled treats – small individual eggs rather than an entire bag of minis and a packet of buns to share rather than just to keep at home. Remember when it comes to food, especially sweet foods, if they are there you will want to eat them so the fewer Easter treats you keep at home, the better. Finally but perhaps more importantly, go for quality over quantity. Enjoy a social Easter feast with plenty of good food and a small amount of good quality chocolate, and use the extra holiday days to embrace your training program to make sure that you survive Easter without a couple of extra kg to boot.

Still looking for chocolate? Once you translate your Easter calories into workout units the treats may no longer seem so appealing.

 Egg Selection  KJ  Fat  Exercise Units
 200g Easter Bunny  3740  50g  2 hrs of running
 2 Caramello Eggs  500  6g  15 min rowing
 1 Creme Egg  718  6g  45min fast walking
 100g Delux Bunny  2270  33g  2 cycle classes
 3 mini eggs  560  7.5g  15min skipping
 Small hot cross bun (no butter)  600  2g  30 min swimming
 Large hot cross bun with butter  1200  10g  30 min jogging

Susie Burrell

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