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How much do you have to exercise to work off snacks?

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Okay... we all know this time of the year they are around every corner. Those tasty cookies, cakes and other holiday treats. It's hard to avoid them. But before you start nibbling on every sweet in sight, you may want to listen to how much exercise you'll have to do to burn off the calories.

Quick, easy, sweet and delicious. There's no denying some of the tastier things in life come with a price. But all those added calories can lead to bulging bellies. "If I ate one cup of macaroni and cheese, I would have to run 4.3 miles to burn it off?" That's right, working off a little mac-and-cheese requires mile after mile of this. Food comes with consequences. Something nutritionist, Dr. Judy Siegel can't stress enough. "We eat casually, mindlessly, without thinking about how am I going to get rid of this thing? The body counts every calorie. We all know celery is a freebie and I guess radishes are too, but it stops there," said Dr. Siegel.

Craving something sweet? That piece of cake with frosting you are pining for can cost you 250 calories. Working that off means 22 minutes of jumping rope or high-impact aerobics. Perhaps you prefer something salty. "Even though almonds are healthy for you, I could eat a pound of almonds in two days and you can't do that," said Dr. Siegel. She's right. Just a handful of almonds is "200 calories and two miles to run it off," said Dr. Siegel. Knowing how much you have to sweat to burn off snack calories helps you look at food in a new way. According to the Health web site, EatBetterAmerica.com, a 150 pound person would have to play tennis for nearly half an hour just to burn off the calories in 2 ounces of pretzels. Or if a sweet tooth is your weakness, a candy bar will set you back 40 minutes on the exercise bike.

Okay... a good rule of thumb in all of this calorie counting... look at the nutrition label, divide the number of calories by 100 to find out roughly how many miles it would take you to get rid of the food. To find out just how many calories you really are supposed to get in a day.. you can go online. Here's a link to the calorie calculator at the 'A Healthy Me'.com.

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