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Barry Bassin - Senior Fitness Personal Trainer

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Running for Twinkies

Posted on August 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM
“You can’t out-train a bad diet, but you can out-eat a good workout.” 
 
I don’t know who said that, but what a powerful statement; and absolutely true! 
 
  • Weight gain happens when you consume more calories than you burn.
  • Weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you consume.
  • Weight maintenance is the result of consuming and burning the same number of calories. 
 
Lean people probably aren’t reading this article, so let me put the diet/exercise concept into the context of overweight people, using jogging at 6 miles per hour as the exercise component. 
 
First, the good news is that the more you weigh, the more calories you will burn while jogging at 6 mph. 
 
And the bad news is that the more you weigh, the more calories you will burn while jogging at 6 mph. That’s because the more you weigh, the harder it is to perform the task, hence, the more calories used.  The other bad news is that if you are significantly overweight, you probably can’t run at 6 mph. 
 
Out-training Twinkies
A Twinkie has 150 calories. 
  • A 140-pound woman will need to jog about 14 minutes per Twinkie. 
  • A 200-pound man will need to jog about 10 minutes per Twinkie.   
 
In other modalities, walking uses about half the calories as jogging, so double the Twinkie : walk burn ratio. 
 
Weightlifting & Twinkies (light to moderate load)
  • A 140-pound woman will need to lift weights for 45 minutes per Twinkie.
  • A 200-pound man will need to lift weights for 30 minutes per Twinkie.
 
Question: Twinkies come in 2-packs, would you eat just one?
 
 
 

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