It's State Fair time again, so how do you maintain the whole "healthy choices" when all your faced with are snickers,bacon & every sugar snack deep-fried and put on a stick?
Well, here is your FastFit State Fair Survival Guide:
Fairs involve a lot of walking, so we'll probably burn off those extra fair food calories right?
Maybe…If we walk up to 1.5 miles for a bag of cotton candy and three miles for a funnel cake!
Big portions with lots of sugar and fat calores characterize many of the foods we traditionally associate with fairs. For many o fus, attending the fair would be nearly as much fun without these tasty treats. Some may be once-a-year food for us; I can literally taste the candy apples right now!
So how much exercise does it take to walk off our favorite fair foods?
We know on average, we have to walk about one mile to burn 100 calories. To visualize how far that is, think approximately 12 city blocks to the mile. While calores per favorite fair food can depend on portion size, recipe, and more, burning off the calories of that cotton candy mentioned above could be an 18-block walk.
Following are the approximate distances we likely need to walk to burn off the calories of some popular midway foods:
- Caramel apple – 3 miles
- Corn dog, large – 4.5 miles
- Cotton candy – 1.5 miles
- Fried candy bar on a stick – 4.5 miles
- Funnel cake, 6-in diameter – 3 miles
- Soft drink, 32 oz. – 2.5 miles
- Snow-cone – 2.5 miles
- Soft pretzel – 3 miles
Well, dang! Does this mean we need to load up a picnic basket with carrots and celery sticks before heading to the fair? NO. With a little planning, it's possible to fit in many favorite fair foods. Here's how you can have fun, and still fare well at the fair:
- Quench your thirst with a small soft drink rather than large. Better yet, buy or bring bottled water. Save your fair-day calories for something else.
- Split foods among several people. For example, share a large funnel cake with friends. Everyone gets a taste, and no gets overloaded.
- Plan times when you'll sit down and eat, rather than graze your way from one end of the fair to the other. It's hard to keep a handle on howmuch we're eating when we're walking, talking and eating at the same time.
- Limite yourself to one treat. Choose reasonable serving sizes of lower sugar and lower fat items for the rest of your foods.
- Dress in comfortable shoes so you're more likely to walk off some calories. Wear a pedometer and see how many steps you can take at the fair. One mile equals about 2,000 steps, or around 1/3 of the calories in a typical caramel apple.
- Check out all the food booths before making your selections. Imaging you have a "calorie salary". Enjoy the foods you like the most for your "salary".
- Finally, if you do indulge a little too much, remember to return to a more balanced way of eating the next day. A day or two of overeating won't affect our weight that much – weeks of it will! Eating 100 extra calories daily can result in a 10-lb weight gain yearly.
Jeff McDaniel, BS-ES, CPT
FastFit Founder and Program Director
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