Nov 01

Trick those Treats: How to Burn off Halloween Candy Calories

If you have leftover Halloween candy hanging around your home, you may be tempted to grab one (or 2, or 3…). If you haven’t sold it all to Operation Gratitude, then here is what you will have to do if you want to “burn off” your favorite treats.

Caution: This information may bring you down off your sugar high. Below is a list of favorites and their calorie content, as well as the amount of exercise necessary to burn off those empty calories.

Snickers (one fun size candy bar) – 72 calories. There are plenty of ways to burn off the 72 calories in a Snickers funs size candy bar. Running for 8 minutes is your fastest approach. Don’t like running? A 19-minute walk will burn the same number of calories.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Skittles or Twix bar (one fun size) – 80 calories. You’ll have to work a bit harder to burn off a Reese’s. Riding a bike for 10 minutes will do the trick to get rid of this treat. You’ll need to work equally hard if you eat a fun size Twix bar or a fun size package of Skittles.

Nestles Crunch – (one fun size bar) – 70 calories. You devoured the crispy rice treat, now what? Why not dance for 12 minutes—or find your Zen by doing a 24 minute yoga session. You’ll have to add a few more minutes if you eat a Milky Way fun size bar, which has 75 calories.

Plain Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (one fun size bar) – 70 calories. Eat one and you’ll need to swim for 9 minutes to burn off those calories. 18 minutes if you eat two. (etc.)

Candy corn (11 pieces) – 70 calories. You can almost eat that many in one mouthful. Unfortunately, burning them off isn’t as easy. Don’t despair, 10 minutes of step aerobics will get rid of those candy corn calories.

Twizzlers or Sweet Tarts (treat size pack) or 1 Hershey’s Nugget- 50 calories. The treats are tiny, but the calories are mighty. Good news, there are plenty of ways to burn them off. A 15 minute game of Frisbee or a 5 ½ minute of tennis with a friend will get rid of them.

Tootsie Pop – 60 calories. A harmless lollipop? Not so fast. An innocent looking Tootsie Pop packs in 60 empty calories. Although eating one takes a while and actually burn a few calories, you’ll need to skip rope for 6 minutes to burn it off for good.

Payday, Almond Joy or Mt. Goodbar (fun size) – 90 calories. Take joy in burning off these fun size bars by dancing for 20 minutes to your favorite music.

Butterfinger or Kit Kat (snack size) – 100 calories. It was yummy but now it’s “Payday”. Just hop on the treadmill for a brisk 15 minute walk to ditch those unwanted calories.

M&M’s (fun size) – 100 calories. Option 1: rake leaves for 20 minutes, or option 2: do 100 pushups to undo the damage from a fun size pack of plain M&M’s. Double that if you eat a pack of fun size Peanut M&M’s (180 calories).

If none of these sounds like fun, here are the first 10 off of the Women’s Health’s list of 100 Ways to Lose Weight Fast.

1.Slather on lip balm 765 times.

2. Relive the ’80s. Lip sync George Michael’s Faith 16 times.

3. DVR an episode of Arrested Development and watch it commercial free. (Ten straight minutes of laughter can burn 40 calories–no joke.)

4. Watch the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. (Serious stuff doesn’t scorch as many.)

5. Wiggle while you watch for 40 minutes: Fidgeters burn up to 350 more calories a day than couch potatoes.

6. Get up 33 times to change the channel.

7. Use the remote to channel surf for 68 minutes.

8. Surf for real for 34 minutes.

9. Fly a kite for 20 minutes.

10. Play beach volleyball for 13 minutes.

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