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What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

I’m not the biggest fan of counting calories. Instead, I prefer mindful eating. But counting calories is undoubtedly a strategy that works for many – and has successfully resulted in fat loss and weight management.

Of course, calories vary from food to food. Some foods, especially those loaded in fats and sugars, tend to be very calorie dense. As such, it makes sense to replace those foods with healthier alternatives. To get the most bang from your calorie buck, use the infographic below to see what 200 calories – the equivalent of an afternoon snack – really looks like.

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How Many Steps Is That Pizza?

A journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step, but it takes 4,560 steps to burn the calories in a slice of pepperoni and cheese pizza. To put that into perspective, that translates to about two miles. Sobering, isn’t it?

Obviously, we need food to live – and calories are a necessity. But by being aware of the calorie content in some of these unhealthy food options, we can can make wiser decisions.

Courtesy of a company called GlobalFit, here are some of the top offenders:

  • One serving of mashed potatoes – 1,540 steps
  • One serving of chocolate ice cream – 1,980 steps
  • Macaroni and cheese – 2,640 steps
  • Large French fries – 6,000 steps
  • Slice of pepperoni pizza – 4,560 steps
  • Cheeseburger – 3,840 steps
  • Doughnut – 2,640 steps
  • Chocolate-chip cookie – 2,520 steps
  • Milk chocolate bar – 2,520 steps
  • 16 potato chips – 1,800 steps
  • Mug of beer – 1,680 steps
  • Can of cola – 1,680 steps
  • 4 cups of buttered popcorn – 1,488 steps
  • 10 thin pretzels – 1,320 steps

Of course, rather than focus our energy and attention on all these unhealthy foods, I think it’s much wiser to think about all the wonderful, colorful and nourishing healthy foods that are available to us.

And who eats just one slice of pizza, anyway?!