How Long Does It Take to Burn Off Your Go-to Halloween Candies?
Experts Reveal the Dos and Donts of Halloween Candy (and How Long It Takes to Burn Them Off)
If your Halloween plans don’t involve eating mini versions of some of the treats you’d normally stay away from the rest of the year, you’re doing it all wrong! Sure, eating sugary treats just because you bought too many for the kiddos may not align with a healthy diet, but depriving yourself has never been a wise move.
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With that in mind, we enlisted the help of Rebekah Blakely, RDN, The Vitamin Shoppe expert, to give us the tricks of the trade when it comes to enjoying Halloween treats responsibly without guilt – and what it will take to work them off later, too.
Can A Healthy Diet Include Halloween Candy?
Let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, you can have snacks on Halloween even if you’re trying to stay fit or lose some weight. Depriving yourself of the experience of the day isn’t going to make you all that happy to diet thereafter, so go ahead and get some sugar. Don’t believe us? Rebekah Blakely, RDN, does: “You can absolutely have a few pieces of candy without derailing your healthy eating plan,” she tells AskMen.
Nutritionist-Approved Halloween Candy Eating Tips
1. Set Sensible Limits
Sometimes snacking can be a slippery slope. That’s why having some Halloween candy can be a good thing, but, without self-control or a plan, it can also be a terrible thing for your diet and health overall. “While one day of overeating by itself isn’t going to have long-term negative consequences, it will very likely have some short-term effects,” says Blakely.
These short term side effects include experiencing bloating the next day (or for a few days), digestive problems, blood sugar crashes, and/or other signs of excess sugar and calories. “In most cases, you’d be better off having one or two pieces of candy for multiple days rather than trying to cram it all into one day.”
2. Halloween Candies to Avoid
All good things come with a set of rules. Eating Halloween candy is no exception. According to Blakely, you should avoid candies with artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup. What does that mean in real terms? It’s hard to follow all of the aforementioned rules, but you should aim to lay off candies like Gummy Bears and Twizzlers. Why? We asked Blakely the same thing and she broke it down for us:
High fructose corn syrup: This is a highly processed form of sugar that will quickly raise blood sugar. Spikes in blood sugar trigger insulin release, and insulin triggers fat storage in the body when we’ve eaten too much.
Artificial sweeteners: This includes aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) which have a variety of research pointing to their potentially negative effects, including their ability to actually make sugar cravings worse.
How Much Exercise Will It Take to Burn Off Your Favorite Halloween Candy?
While all of this is great advice, it is also only a part of the story. Let’s face it: You’re likely going to have some Halloween candy this year—and possibly have way too much of it. That’s why we reached out to Kendall Wood, CSCS, to create this handy guide, featuring some of the most popular Halloween candies and how much exercise it will take to burn off their calories come November 1.
*Remember, this is for one serving of some of each Halloween candy. If you’re popping several Snickers, you’re going to have to add on some time. These estimates are based on the MET aka ‘metabolic equivalent for task’ a 160 lb man was the base for these calculations.
Nutritional information: 90 calories per "fun-size" pack, 5g fat, 9g sugar
Activity: To burn off those 90 calories, you’d have to do a 15-minute weight training circuit.
Nutritional information: 80 calories per "fun-size" bar, 3.5g fat, 9g sugar
Activity: To get rid of those 80 calories, you’d need to walk for 18 minutes at a steady rate.
Nutritional information: 110 calories per cup, 6.5g fat, 11g sugar
Activity: Blast those 110 unwanted calories off by hiking for 16 minutes.
Nutritional Information: 70 calories per pop, 0g fat, 13g sugar
Activity: Shed those 70 calories by doing the old school gymnastics you used to do in gym class for 15 minutes.
Nutritional information: 60 calories per bar, 0g fat, 11g sugar
Activity: Go kayaking for 10 minutes and you’ll ditch these 60 calories.
Nutritional information: 100 calories per ounce, 0g fat, 20g sugar
Activity: Mountain biking for 10 minutes will remove these 100 calories from hitting your belly.
Nutritional information: 140 calories for 17 pieces, 0g fat, 18g sugar
Activity: If you’re up for jumping rope for 13 minutes, you’ll be able to skip past these 140 calories.
Nutritional information: 25 calories for 1 roll, 0g fat, 6g sugar
Activity: Sweat these 25 calories off by having sex for 16 minutes.
Nutritional information: 110 calories for 15 pieces, 0g fat, 22g sugar
Activity: Playing handball for 8 minutes will bounce these 110 calories away.
Nutritional information: 90 calories for 2 pieces, 11g sugar
Activity: To lose these 90 calories, you’ll have to go cycling at 15mph for 8 minutes.
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