Why exercise won’t make you thin | Life and style | The Observer

Snack attack: how long it takes to burn off 10 favourite foods

One portion of Tesco lasagne (560 cal): 45 minutes of spinning

One slice of Domino’s pepperoni pizza (198 cal): 45 minutes of swimming

Morrisons’ chocolate-chip muffin (476 cal): 58 minutes of climbing

Packet of Walkers cheese and onion crisps (184 cal): 35 minutes of frisbee

Subway tuna wrap (310 cal): 1 hour and 10 minutes of body pump

Bacon sandwich on white bread (430 cal): 58 minutes of football

Coffee Republic ham and cheese toastie (436 cal): 1 hour and 30 minutes of netball

Granny Smith apple (62 cal): 15 minutes of weightlifting

M&S hot cross bun (159 cal): 20 minutes of skipping

Mars bar (280 cal): 50 minutes of aqua aerobics

read the whole article here guardian.co.uk

I personally found this to be very true when I was losing weight – and something weightwatchers pointed out very well in a similar short article documenting how long you’d have to run to burn the calories in one little snack. The bottom line – physical activity is essential for health. Increasing your heart rate is important for your heart, blood pressure, etc. Weight training is important for bone density and activity into the twilight years, stretching is important for long-term mobility and flexibility, avoiding injury and soreness. These things are vital. But they will not make you lose weight.

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