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Infographic That Shows How Much Exercise You Need To Burn Off These Food

Infographic That Shows How Much Exercise You Need To Burn Off These Food

Who doesn’t want to veg out on the couch after a long week with some pizza and a good beer?

But if you knew how much exercise was needed to burn off that slice of pizza do you think you might change your mind and go for a salad instead? Maybe not, but you might limit yourself to one slice and one pint instead of reaching for a seconds or more considering a single slice and pint are going “cost” the average male an hour and 20 minutes on the bike.

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Losing or maintaining weight has become a major issue for many people. It seems like everyday there is a new diet regimen that promises painless, drastic, and lasting weight loss. These have all been met with varying degrees of success. While these fad diets are all based on various theories and principles, some are scientifically sound, many are not. We do know that science has shown again and again, counting calories works. Except for rare instances, if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’re going to lose weight. But not many people know how many calories are in their favorite foods and maybe more importantly, how much exercise it would take to burn those calories off?

This infographic from Buddy Loans.com looks at some popular junk foods, their fat and calorie content as well as the amount of exercise needed to burn that food off.

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Once you realize how much activity it takes to burn off a single meal at a fast food restaurant you might think twice about what you’re ordering and how often you’re eating junk food. With the high caloric content of these junk foods it’s very easy to consume 50% or more of your daily recommended calories, 2500 for a man, 2000 for a woman, for an entire day in a single meal.

Take for example the 490 calories in a Big Mac. It’s going to take the average woman 68 minutes, over an hour, of weightlifting to burn those calories off. Guys have it a little easier, but not by much, needing only 57 minutes of weights to work off that burger. If you get get the large fry with that burger you’re looking at doubling your time weightlifting to around 2 hours for men in order to zero the meal out. Wash that burger and fires meal down with a soda and the average women is looking at around 2 hours of cardio just to offset the caloric cost of that single fast food meal.

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While everyone already knows desert foods are among the highest calorie and fat content foods, I bet not many realize that a single Tesco Chocolate Fudge Cake has all of the fat (90 grams) you’re recommended to consume in a day. Coming in at a whopping 1710 calories, this cake, by itself, leaves only 290 calories in the average woman’s calorie budget for the entire rest of the day.

However, this doesn’t mean all desert foods are going to blow your calorie budget if you indulge. Choosing to go with a Cadbury Milk Chocolate bar instead will mean you’re only “spending” 237 calories. Burning that off is going to be a fairly easy task, taking a man a mere 21 minutes of cardio. That’s an incredible difference of 1473 calories just by eating a chocolate bar instead of the cake. To put that in perspective,choosing the chocolate bar over the cake, is “saving” the average man just over 2 hours of cardio. The average woman over 2 and a half hours of work.

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Keep in mind that it’s not to say that fast or “junk” food can’t be eaten occasionally, it can. However, when things are put into perspective, when you realize how much exercise it takes to actually burn those foods off, it’s pretty easy to realize that junk foods carry with them a high calorie “price tag”. Unless you’re willing to spend hours of your day in the gym it’s best to limit these and other comfort foods if you’re trying to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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    How to Overcome Boredom

    How to Overcome Boredom

    Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

    I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

    If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

    What is Boredom?

    We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

    You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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    It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

    If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

    When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

    Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

    If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

    Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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    Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

    In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

    It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

    Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

    Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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    In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

    3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

    1. Get Focused

    Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

    You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

    Here are a few ideas:

    • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
    • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
    • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

    2. Kill Procrastination

    Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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    So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

    Here are some ideas:

    • Do some exercise.
    • Read a book.
    • Learn something new.
    • Call a friend.
    • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
    • Do a spring cleaning.
    • Wash the car.
    • Renovate the house.
    • Re-arrange the furniture.
    • Write your shopping list.
    • Water the plants.
    • Walk the dog.
    • Sort out your mail & email.
    • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

    3. Enjoy Boredom

    If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

    Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

    So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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