Lifestyle

Calorie counter has measure of treats

Annette Sym-Easter health story. Annette is displaying a variety of chocolate Easter eggs.
Annette Sym-Easter health story. Annette is displaying a variety of chocolate Easter eggs. Warren Lynam

WITH so much good food around, Easter can prove a challenging time for people to control their eating.

Cookbook queen and food expert Annette Sym is doing her best to buck the weight gain trend by creating an Easter calorie counter.

The counter is displayed in a table that measures the fat and sugar content of popular Easter treats and shows how long it will take to burn those calories.

Mrs Sym said people would be horrified if they knew how long it would take to burn off just a few Easter treats.

"To burn off 800 calories of Easter treats you will need to spend a full-hour running, kick boxing or doing high-impact aerobics."

"People really need to ask themselves, 'is gorging on all that chocolate really worth it?'

"My philosophy is if you do the crime, you have to do the time."

Mrs Sym said some people see Easter as an opportunity to treat themselves. This can lead to feelings of guilt.

"A lot of people binge on chocolate, feel guilty and then decide to give up on losing weight for good," she said.

"Stop looking at Easter as an opportunity to give yourself a treat, and start treating yourself with respect instead.

"People need to stay focused on their weight loss goals."

Adults aren't the only ones affected by extra food intake and Mrs Sym urges parents to limit the amount of treats they give their children.

"People also need to think about the amount of chocolate they give their kids over Easter and the message it sends them," she said.

"Parents need to scale it right back and give their kids just one chocolate treat.

"If you're worried that's not enough, add a toy such as a cuddly bunny to their Easter basket."

 

Calorie counter*:

  • Cadbury 200g rabbit - 2½ hours to walk off.
  • One packet of mini Malteser eggs - 1½ hours to walk off.
  • 150g Heritage bilby - 1¾ hours.
  • One Humpty Dumpty carton of small eggs - 1¾ hours to burn.

* attributed to Annette Sym's Easter Calorie Counter

Topics:  annette sym, easter


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Cruise draws big crowd in second year

JUST CRUISIN': Whitsunday Cruisin' Car Club's Ashlee and Holly Coyte show off their ride at Cruisin' Whitsunday this morning. 
Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian

Cruise draws big crowd in second year

UPDATE: Multiple fires hit Bowen over night

DUEL EMERGENCIES: Two fires broke out almost simultaneously in Bowen last night.

TWO fires broke out almost simultaneously in Bowen last night.

Buckets of fun

HIGH FASHION: Salvation Army Cannonvale Family Store manager Denise Norder is excited about the runway fashion fundraiser. Photo: Rory Sheavils

Buckets of fun

Latest deals and offers

Second loss of season for Raiders

The Raiders recorded their second loss of the season at the Whitsunday Sportspark last night.

Cruise draws big crowd in second year

JUST CRUISIN': Whitsunday Cruisin' Car Club's Ashlee and Holly Coyte show off their ride at Cruisin' Whitsunday this morning. 
Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian

Cruise draws big crowd in second year

UPDATE: Multiple fires hit Bowen over night

DUEL EMERGENCIES: Two fires broke out almost simultaneously in Bowen last night.

TWO fires broke out almost simultaneously in Bowen last night.

Buckets of fun

HIGH FASHION: Salvation Army Cannonvale Family Store manager Denise Norder is excited about the runway fashion fundraiser. Photo: Rory Sheavils

Buckets of fun

UPDATE: Tributes flow for man killed in Bowen capsize

RACQ CQ Rescue was tasked to rescue a group of people after their boat capsized off Bowen today. Photo: Bowen Independent

Tributes flow for Martin Cunningham after tragic death on Wednesday

Some yum rum fun

GET CREATIVE: Mark ’Dr Rum’ Wyatt looks forward to judging the Pina Colada Carnage. Photo: Rory Sheavils

Some yum rum fun

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked