It's here: the barrage of sugar cookies, cakes, and hot chocolate, all in the name of holiday cheer. It's a time to treat yourself, for sure — but if you're watching your weight, it can help to think of each treat in terms of how long it takes you to burn it off. Keep this table in mind the next time you're out for a run and feel proud knowing you've worked off that gingerbread man.
All calculations are based on a 130-pound woman and a 10-minute mile.
|To Burn Off . . .||You Need to Run For . . .|
|Fruit cake (450 calories per slice)||46 minutes|
|Apple pie (411 calories per slice)||42 minutes|
|Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, Grande, with whipped cream and 2% milk (380 calories)||39 minutes|
|Eggnog (343 calories per cup)||35 minutes|
|Pumpkin pie (316 calories per slice)||32 minutes|
|Yule log (270 calories per slice)||28 minutes|
|Gingerbread man (200 calories per serving)||21 minutes|
|Hot chocolate (193 calories per cup)||20 minutes (add 2 minutes for every jumbo marshmallow)|
|Sugar cookie (Pillsbury), no frosting (120 calories per cookie)||12 minutes|
|Caramel popcorn (100 calories per one-ounce serving)||10 minutes|
|Fudge (90 calories per one-inch piece)||9 minutes|
|Candy cane (40 calories per peppermint cane)||4 minutes|