What Does It Take to Burn Off Your Favorite Summer Foods?

Find out how much activity it takes to burn off the calories from some classic summertime foods and drinks.
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Don’t let the excitement of summer foods go to your head (or your rear end). Find out how much activity it takes to burn off the calories you take in from these summer classics.

Crunching the Numbers

The values below are averages based on a 155-pound person.

Main Attractions

1 bacon cheeseburger = 620 calories = 2 hours playing golf (walking and carrying clubs)

1 medium lobster roll = 500 calories = 1 hour swimming
1 corn dog = 250 calories = 30 minutes singles tennis

2 pieces fried chicken (breast + drumstick) = 555 calories = 2 hours vigorous yardwork

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Summer Sides

One 5-ounce serving macaroni salad = 290 calories = 45 minutes basketball

1 medium order french fries = 380 calories = 40 minutes rowing
Sweet Treats

1 double scoop chocolate ice cream = 340 calories = 30 minutes running at 6 mph

1 slice peach pie = 260 calories = 20 minutes jumping rope
Refreshing Beverages

1 small pina colada (8 fluid ounces) = 430 calories = 50 minutes biking at 12 mph

Sweet tea (16 fluid ounces) = 120 calories = 15 minutes beach volleyball

Damage Control
Use these tips to help curb the summertime calories:
  • Walk to the beach or hop in a kayak; choose outdoor activities where you can get some exercise.
  • Don’t forget the fruits and veggies — always include fresh summer produce for meals and party spreads.
  • Sip smart: Beat the heat with water and other calorie-free options instead of drinks high in sugar and alcohol.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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