Shouldn’t The Label Tell You How Much Exercise Needed For This?
The struggle is real. It is hard to close the chip bag after one chip. Who can resist a big old pumpkin spice latte? Not many can stop at one Oreo. Again, the struggle is real. Food is good and no one is stopping us from indulging. That being said, we have all had those weeks where we eat like crap. Fried, cheesy, greasy, and oh so good. There is a price to be paid for the enjoyment.
What if the label told us the exercise required to burn the calories of what we eat? Good idea right? One study found that instead of health info on labels, printing the amount of EXERCISE you'd need to burn could help people consume less.
For example, a can of Coke with 150 calories would tell you that your are looking at walking or running 15-30 minutes to burn it.
Considering Lansing/Michigan has some of the highest calorie restaurants in the country, one might wonder what the labels would say in these places:
The New England Fish and Chips at Applebee's carries nearly 2000 calories and 137 gams of fat!
Olive Garden has several dishes, including the chicken and shrimp carbonara, with nearly 1600 calories and 114 grams of fat. That being said, when you are there, you are family :)
After a night out, having a few cocktails, and making a few bad decisions, who doesn't love IHop. Any good MSU student knows that it ain't just for breakfast. It isn't just about pancakes either. The cheeseburger omelette has 1450 calories and 104 grams of fat.
Who counts calories at B-Dubbs? We did. Even though it is for fantastic for grabbing beers, watching the green and white, and hanging out, it also has some high calorie deliciousness. The All Star Sampler has 2450 calories and about 150 grams of fat.
When you talk about things that are oh so good, but oh so bad for you, one simply does not leave Outback off the list. I wonder how much exercise the label would tell you need to burn off a Bloomin' Onion. 1950 calories and 155 grams of fat.
After telling you all of this, maybe we are not ready for exercise labels. We might just need to eat and enjoy life. Nothing wrong with that! In the event you are still looking for ways to help you stay healthy, click the link below.