Burn 500 Calories Now!

June 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Family, Healthy

By: Susan Howard


After over a decade of touting the benefits of working out for weight loss, I have come to realize that, unless you watch your diet, true weight loss will be an uphill battle.

Diet. I hate that word and I hope I am never on one.

As I use it here, I merely mean “calories in.”

Here’s why just exercise won’t work:

I’ll bet you aren’t going to celebrate finishing a big project at work by running a half marathon with your colleagues, but you might go to happy hour at TGI Fridays and slurp down three strawberry margaritas -1150 calories. (Many of their entrée items tip the 1000 calorie scale as well.)

In the middle of a huge fight with your significant other, you aren’t likely going to go on a 50-mile bike ride to console yourself, but you may eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk -1200 calories.

If you are feeling bored, lonely, tired, or any other emotion really, you probably won’t swim five miles, but you may very well eat a plate of chicken nachos at Baja Fresh -coming in at a whopping 2020 calories.

Point being this: it’s easier to unconsciously consume a large amount of calories, but likely you won’t accidentally burn a bunch. You aren’t going to turn around and say oh shit I just hiked for five hours; I was so angry, how’d that happen?

With restaurants and fast food chains serving such hugely portioned, high caloric fare, nobody’s got your back. (But me of course.) We as a nation are more obsessed with thinness, yet we are fatter than ever and growing. With Venti Cookie Frappuccinos coming in at 800 calories, Starbucks has become a malt shop disguised in a coffee suit.

The next time you are bummed out, down and out, out and about, falling down that slippery slope of food hell, grab a number and do a triathlon instead. Remember you got to pay to play.

How much should you eat in a day? Daily, women can take in about 1600 to 1900 calories and dudes should have about 1800 to 2200. This all depends on size and activity levels.  How do I burn 500 calories, you ask? Don’t take them in. (If you do it will cost you one hour running on the treadmill.) There, they are gone.


Take a 30 minute walk after dinner, with your family, or a friend. You will digest your food better and it will set a great example for your kids. Make it a nightly ritual.



7 Responses to “Burn 500 Calories Now!”
  1. Alison says:

    Ok, but are we still on for drinks tonight ?
    What about nachos ??

  2. Madgew says:

    All sounds great if I can drag myself out of the house to walk tonight. Thanks Susan for sound advice.

  3. Lisa RM says:

    As I sit here convincing myself that blueberries are every bit as good as chocolate, I feel justified in my delusion. Thanks, Susan!

  4. susan says:

    It can be a battle, but one worth fighting right?
    Keep on keeping on.

  5. Brandy Black says:

    Tell us about that great app you discovered you know the one that helps you burn calories in your sleep :)
    Glad you’re writing again.

  6. B says:

    You are right Susan, diet is boring. Choosing to live and feel good is what it is all about. I think we need to celebrate our walks, our carrots and and beans, and then enjoy a cold glass of beer as a reward.

  7. susan says:

    We are all just doing our best.
    It’s tough, but worth its

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