I absolutely LOVE canned Dr. Pepper. So a few times a week I drink one, but always AFTER I’ve burned 150 extra calories (or more) on top of my daily routine. It’s not HEALTHY for me by any means, but if I want to continue my addiction without gaining weight, I have to be mindful of how many calories I am drinking, and then be sure to burn MORE than that. I try this with other foods and drinks and most of the time it’s not even worth it. The only thing I really still enjoy is a can of Dr. Pepper and occasionally I will drink a frozen mocha but that’s a LOT of extra work so I have to really want it.
This isn’t a great way to lose weight, I mean honestly we shouldn’t be drinking soda at all if we want to lose weight. BUT… I’ve given up meat, pizza, anything greasy, and god only knows what else, so I’m keeping my frickin’ soda!
Calorie burn numbers are based on a 150 pound person. Calorie counts are from MFP. All numbers are approximate.
Can of Dr. Pepper (12 oz) – 150
30 minutes of Gardening
20 minutes of Tennis
20 minutes Swimming
15 minutes of High Impact Aerobics
Bottle of Mountain Dew (20 oz) – 290
30 minutes of Running at 5MPH
40 minutes of Dancing
110 minutes of Shopping (that could get expensive!)
Starbuck’s Caramel Mocchiato (small) – 203
30 minutes of Boxing
30 minutes of Fencing
30 minutes of Shoveling Snow
60 minutes Weight Lifting
Other Calorie Counts
Chocolate Cupcake – 300
Slice of Apple Pie – 580
Cup of Ice Cream – 280
Pepperoni Pizza Slice – 280
This list doesn’t even take into consideration the INSANE amounts of sodium that are in ALL of these foods! The point of this post is just to get you (and me!) to think about what you eat before you eat it. Is it worth it? Do you really want to walk for an entire hour so you can eat a cupcake? Probably not. You get to enjoy the cupcake for maybe two or three minutes, and then you have to feel gross and guilty about eating it, and then you have to walk an hour to burn it off. No thanks!
I’m not saying you should refrain from sweets or snacks all together. I’m just saying that sometimes we don’t think about what we are putting into our bodies and this gave me a good visual as to WHY I should say “NO” to that Dr. Pepper, to that pizza, to that apple pie.