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.

Airlie send-off for Rufus tour

ON THEIR WAY: Rufus will wrap up their massive regional tour with a show at Magnums Hotel this month.

Rufus will play at Magnums next week

Taking on a personal touch

PERSONAL: Emily Krause is taking her tour to Magnums Airlie Beach in March.

Emily Dawn will hit up Magnums next month

No better place to plan for knot tying

GET PLANNING: The Whitsunday Wedding and Honeymoon Expo is fast approaching.

Check out the wedding and honeymoon expo next weekend

Local Partners

French tourist avoids jail for selling drugs

A French national avoided jail but was fined for supplying drugs in an Airlie Beach night club last year.

How Stay at Home Mum blogger Jody Allen struck it big

Jody Allen and Walt Collins will co-host the Seven Network's Stay at Home Mum television series from April.

Jody Allen's star continues to rise at incredible speed

Comedy with extra cheese

Paul Fenech is taking his TV series Fat Pizza on the road for a series of live shows.

Fat Pizza and Housos are coming to town

One of the top five car collections in the world

A 1950 Alvis TB14 Roadster is a highlight in the museum.

Gosford home to largest, privately-owned classic car collection.

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

AUSSIE hip hop outfit Bliss N Eso have announced they will play a tribute show for the stuntman killed during the filming of their music video.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!