Are exercise labels on our food in our future? How would you like to get your favorite snack that you know is high calorie and discover how long it would actually take to burn off the calories?
The calories in vs. calories burned is nice and comforting as long as it is anecdotal and you never really have to apply it. The reality is a very ugly truth that could change your food decisions for the better.
Case in point:
To burn 1 pound of body weight you must burn 3500 calories. To burn 3500 calories you must exercise “x” number of minutes or hours – depending on what exercise you choose. So you see it isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially if you are overeating on a daily basis.
What about you? If you reached for the box of Ho Hos and saw this:
Warning: To burn off 3 Ho Hos containing 370 calories you would need to do at least one of the following:
Jump rope for 30 minutes to burn 370 cal
Run 6 mph for 30 minutes to burn 340 cal
Low impact aerobics for 30 min to burn 207 cal
High impact aerobics for 30 min to burn 238 cal
Vigorous impact aerobics for 30 min to burn 360 cal
Would you choose the Ho Hos? After all, they are made with a flat bottom so they won’t roll away from you, according to the Hostess website. But it is pretty much a guarantee that you will be rolling away by consuming these and other nutritionally defunct foods on a regular basis.
According to a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health these labels may actually influence a teenager’s decision to drink or not to drink a soda. In this study, a sign was placed on the door to the sodas in 4 local corner stores in Baltimore, MD. Some stores had the calories per drink listed while the others had time it would take to burn off the calories by jogging.
Surprisingly, most teenagers made a better, healthier choice, choosing the less sugary drinks labeled with exercise labels. Sales of the sugary drinks went down and sales of water and other lower calorie drinks went up.
How much influence would this information have on you? Let me know what you think about labeling food with exercise labels.