Did you know a 150g chocolate Easter bunny takes at least three hours of moderate walking to burn off?
Queensland Health nutritionist Mathew Dick is questioning whether people would still engage in the Easter binge if they knew of the real consequences.
“It’s important to remember that we must work off what we put in,” says Mathew.
“Smaller portion sizes are so important when temptation is all around us.
“It’s also important to find the right balance in your diet when it comes to festive holidays that can involve high-kilojoule foods.’’
Mathew said maintaining healthy habits during the extended break were one way to balance out the indulgences often associated with Easter.
“Try to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into your diet each day,” he said.
‘‘When you do indulge, make smart choices. If you’re having a hot cross bun, skip the spread, and have just one.’’
Mathew also suggested monitoring children’s chocolate intake.
‘‘We all know that children may find it hard to resist the temptation of chocolate,’’ he said.
‘‘Think of alternative gifts or suggest that the Easter bunny deliver a colouring book.
‘‘Or, even mix up your Easter egg hunt by including stickers or a small Easter-themed toy.’’
Goodlife Health Clubs personal trainer Ben Richards said Queenslanders should use Easter as a time to be even more active and alternate their workout routine for better results.
“Most people see the holidays as an excuse not to train or be as active, but it’s actually the perfect opportunity to add variety into your workout and do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do,” Mr Richards said.
‘‘There’s no shortage of activities to keep fit and healthy over the Easter break, especially if you’re heading away on holiday.
“Try your hand at something new like stand up paddle or mountain climbing, or keep it simple and go for an early morning jog along the beach or take a bike ride through the park.”
Mr Richards also reminded people not to punish themselves if they didn’t stick to their health plan over the holidays.
“Just remember to enjoy everything in moderation.”