10 Cheat Treats That May Not Be Worth The Recovery


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.



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