As a chiropractor who cares for people who typically have a more holistic approach to their health and diet, I see my patients sabotage their efforts to become healthy on a regular basis with junk food. Treating people for neck pain, back pain and headaches is much easier than trying to instill a dietary changes or an exercise plan. Some of my chiropractic patients indicate poor planning leading to drops in blood sugar resulting in poor food choices while others just like the taste of their favorite fast food.
Junk Food Cravings Are Hard to Control
Eating habits are funny things. They are very hard for most of to control. I have always been a thin 6 foot 180 pound guy. I can’ tell you how many people think that I am just one of those “blessed” people who can eat anything they want to without gaining weight. Unfortunately for me, they would be wrong. Watching my diet is a daily chore – but the effort is worthwhile. One thing that has helped me is the fact that I exercise and that I am keenly aware of how long I will have to exercise in order to work off any junk food that I indulge in.
With this in mind, I came across a neat little article that covered what some of our junk food favorites will cost us in time spent doing common exercises. These excerpts are from the Diet Detective who has authored several books on the topic.
Note: Calorie content of foods are based on official website information at the time of publication. Minutes of exercise are averages based on a 155-pound person. The greater the weight of the person the more calories burned per minute.
Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Frosted Donut (230 calories)
59 minutes of walking (3 mph).
McDonald’s Egg McMuffin (300 calories)
32 minutes of running (5 mph).
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE
Panera Chocolate Chipper (440 calories)
62 minutes of biking (10-11.9 mph).
Pizza Hut Large Hand-Tossed Style Cheese Pizza (1 slice; 320 calories)
39 minutes of swimming (slow to moderate laps).
Starbucks Cinnamon Roll (500 calories, varies by location)
85 minutes of dancing.
Burger King Original Whopper With Cheese (770 calories)
94 minutes of swimming (slow to moderate laps).
Au Bon Pain Chocolate Chip Brownie (380 calories).
129 minutes of yoga (Hatha style).
Wendy’s Large French Fries (540 calories)
77 minutes of biking (10-11.9 mph).
Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream (0.5 cup; 270 calories)
29 minutes of running (5 mph).
Taco Bell Burrito Supreme, Beef (410 calories)
70 minutes of dancing.
The next time you think that eating junk food once in a while won’t hinder your efforts to see your abs again or fit into the bikini, think again. Not only will indulging in junk food hamper your quest for a lean physique, but they will also lead to weight gain which is known to cause heart disease, back pain, sciatica and many other disorders – some of which can be treated with chiropractic and some that can’t.