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



Former Magpies sons return to lead into next generation

NEXT GENERATION: Lower Clarence Magpies new coaches Anthony Hickling and Dan Randall with club president Darrin Heron (centre).

Lower premiership winner Dan Randall returns to lead 2017 charge.

Commercial fishers get extension, but it makes no difference

Ballina trawler harbour.

Deadline extended for NSW fishers buying back into the industry

Sex attacker slapped with strict supervision upon release

Violent sex offender's life after jail no walk in the park

Local Partners

Christmas has arrived in Grafton

Christmas has come to Shoppingworld as Santa arrived this morning to have his photos taken with children.


Bringing their Magic Mojo to Grafton

MAGIC: Head down to Roches Family Hotel for a brilliant mix of '70s, '80s and '90s music by Magic Mojo, a Coffs Coast band using their experience to give a brilliant performance.

Powerful trio to lift the top off Roches Hotel tonight

Catch Saturday night fever at the South Club

GEEZ WIZZ: Get your dancing shoes on for the UK Bee Geez Show.

The UK Bee Geez Show delivers a realistic tribute to pop legends

Audience in for a rare treat from husband and wife duo

Husband and wife Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont are playing at home this weekend for an intimate gig at the Pelican Playhouse.

"We love playing these up close and personal acoustic shows”

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

2000 jobs at multi-million dollar Ipswich project

INSIDE: Artist's impressions of the interior of the new Eastern Heights aged care precinct.

Sub-contractors needed to build $15m aged care facility

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!