The change was to help curb obesity. A recent study shows the initiative hasn't been as successful as planned. But researchers say another number might help -- the amount of time it would take to burn off those calories.
It's lunch time and you've been craving a burger and fries. The average burger, with the trimmings, racks up 500 calories. What does this number mean to your body?
Bernard Gracy, a personal trainer with the Gracy Fitness Group says, "think about adding on bags of sugar. Pound for pound, bags of sugar."
Gracy says it takes about 3500 calories to pack on one pound. Researchers got ahold of similar numbers and urged fast food restaurants to list calories next to items on menus, hoping to discourage unhealthy eating. The results were slim, but a Texas Southern University scientist proposed putting the minutes of exercise needed to burn off the meal on the menu, rather than the calorie count.
So what would it mean if those menus did have what it'd take to burn off those calories? I met up with Bernard Gracy from Gracy Fitness to show you a little bit of what work you'd have to put in to get off.
"One burger alone, it will take you at least one hour of walking or 30 minutes of jogging," Gracy explains.
He and his son Jerome, says you can help burn off your lunch at the office. Exercises like the hoolascotch, dips and the mason twists are quick and simple to do in the work place. But if these exercises are too extreme for you, there are beginner options.
"Go out and form teams where you can walk around your establishment. Wear your waist slimming belt," Gracy adds.
He says that if fast food consumers see the work they have to put in to get rid of unwanted calories, hopefully they'll choose food more wisely. Until then..."if you can't do that, what you can do is watch you order on that menu."
Talk of the additional menu changes are nothing more than speculation at this time. You can count on us here at News Channel 6 to update you if and when those changes are made.
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