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By Mariyam Adheela Published on 11/12/2019

4 hours of walking needed to burn pizza calories, experts say

The research was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
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Published on: 11/12/2019

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It is important to get time for meals during the daily work schedule. Even though it is tough to find time for a meal, it is a necessity to eat healthy to survive. However, getting a healthy meal is a bit of an obstacle for some people. On the other end, getting an unhealthy meal is pretty easy but this new research could be a surprise for people who love “junk food”, especially pizza.

Researches claim that it would take four hours to walk off the calories in a slice of pizza. The researchers from Loughborough University also confirmed that it takes 22 minutes to run off a chocolate bar.

The research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has revealed that it takes a 13-minute run or a 26-minute walk to lose the calories in a sugary soft drink. Plus, a 16-minute run or a 31-minute walk to lose the calories in a potato chips packet. 

The research further suggested three ways to avoid from unhealthy calories:

  • Calculate how many calories you need
  • Making sure you get the right type of calorie
  • Sugar overload warning for festive hot drinks

Lead researcher Professor Amanda Daley said that they were interested in different ways to aware the public to make good decisions about what they eat, and to be more physically active. Prof Amanda even pointed out that labeling food with “exercise calories” will make it easier for people to understand what they were eating and nudge them into making better choice.

What do you know about calories?

  • The amount of energy in an item of food or drink is measured in calories (Kcal).
  • Calories helps the human body to function.
  • Eating more calories than you burn off causes obesity because the excess calories are stored as fat. 
  • On average, a man needs about 2,500 kcal a day and woman need about 2,000 kcal to provide enough energy for the body to function.

The Royal society for Public Health would like to see labeling introducing as soon as possible and says it is a move many consumers would also welcome. They even bring up that “small changes can make a big overall difference” to calorie consumption and weight gain.

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