Your once a week Burger Or Pizza treat would take 40 marathons to burn off
Adding a weekly take-out to a normal diet could lead people to gain 13 kilos each year and need to run more than 40 marathons to burn off, according to new figures. Numbers crunched by Birmingham City University in the UK looked at how just one extra take-away each week could impact people’s health and weight.
Many people opt for a burger or pizza as a weekend treat, but adding just one take-out meal to a regular diet was shown to clock up thousands of extra calories each week – and in some cases more the 100,000 each year.
Meals from popular outlets like McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut were found to often contain more than 1,000 calories and could top a staggering 2,013 for those choosing to go large.
Adding 2,000 calories to your diet each week equates to more than 104,000 extra calories a year – enough to gain nearly 13 kg.
Runners burn around 2,600 calories for a marathon meaning that over the course of a year, eaters would need to run more than 40 marathons to burn off (1,055 miles).
While eating a single McDonald’s Big Tasty Meal would take nearly the equivalent of completing an Olympic triathlon (4km swim, 40km cycle and 10 km run) to burn off and a KFC Zinger Burger Meal would take a 90 minute football match to shed.
The figures were analysed by staff at the University’s new Life Sciences Faculty including Health, Nutrition, Sports and Physiotherapy.
Dr Matthew Cole, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Birmingham City University, said: “”Whilst the occasional take-out meal or fast-food option are unlikely to have any major impact on long-term health or weight gain, it’s important that people are aware of the potential issues associated with regular intake of excess calories.
“For those who are inactive or undertake limited exercise it’s particularly concerning and even more so when combined with excessive alcohol intake. “A couple of nights out followed by take-out meals every week could be the equivalent calorie intake of an Olympic marathon runner or Tour de France cyclist.”
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