10 Cheat Treats That May Not Be Worth The Recovery

by Matt Ford

October 31, 2013 / Category: Fitness Advisor

10CheatTreatsThatMayNotBeWorththeRecovery.jpgAfter nearly disappearing into the sugary mists of junk food lore, Twinkies have returned. And while there’s no debate about the cultural legacy of these all-American, cream-filled wonders, what is debatable is whether they’re worth the extra calories. So to help lay out your plan of a-snack (see what we did there?), here’s a quick list of some of the top “cheat foods,” their impact on your waistline and what it’ll end up costing you in the gym*.


1.Twinkies (Per serving, serving size 1 cake)

Calories: 150 (41 from fat)

Total Fat: 4.5g

Sugar: 19g

What it’ll cost you:

23 minutes of cycling or 17 minutes of jogging.


2.Pizza Hut Meat Lover’s 14” Stuffed Crust Pizza (Per slice)

Calories: 440 (225 from fat)

Total Fat: 25g

Sodium: 1170mg

What it’ll cost you:

1 hour of intense weightlifting or high impact aerobics.


3.Applebee’s Chili Cheese Nachos

Calories: 1420 (783 from fat)

Total Fat: 87g

Sodium: 3970mg

What it’ll cost you:

6 ½ hours of walking or 2 hours of Tae Kwon Do or jumping rope.


4.Starbucks Double Chocolate Brownie

Calories: 410 (216 from fat)

Total Fat: 24g

Sugars: 30g

What it’ll cost you:

114 minutes of walking or 1 hour of vigorous basketball.


5.Marie Callender’s Traditional New York Style Cheesecake (1 slice)

Calories: 810 (531 from fat)

Total Fat: 59g

Sodium: 580mg

Sugars: 41g

What it’ll cost you:

4 hours of walking or nearly an hour on the treadmill at 8mph.


6.Taco Bell Chicken XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito

Calories: 830 (315 from fat)

Total Fat: 35g

Sodium: 1940mg

What it’ll cost you:

Nearly 2 hours of swimming laps or seated rowing.


7.Wendy’s Baconator

Calories: 970 calories (567 from fat)

Total Fat: 63g

Sodium: 2020mg

What it’ll cost you:

Over 3 hours of Tai Chi or downhill skiing.


8.Ben & Jerry’s Late Night Snack Ice Cream (1 cup)

Calories: 540 (270 from fat)

Total Fat: 30g

Sodium: 340mg

Sugars: 42g

What it’ll cost you:

1 hour of cross-country skiing or rollerblading.


9.Chili’s Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Calories: 1,090 (531 from fat)

Total Fat: 62g

Sodium: 1060mg

What it’ll cost you:

2 hours of backpacking or nearly 5 hours of dancing.


10.Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo (Dinner portion)

Calories: 1,440 (738 from fat)

Total Fat: 82g

Sodium: 2070mg

What it’ll cost you:

4 ½ hours of golfing (carrying clubs) or 3 hours of water skiing.


So while you should feel able to treat yourself every once in a while, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. You might just save yourself several hours of line dancing — and that might be the greatest gift you could ever give yourself.

*estimates based on person of 160 lb. weight

“Calories burned” estimates from The Mayo Clinic.

Matt Ford