When the BBC ran a story, How far do you have to run to burn off a burger?, we learned depressingly, that an hour of sex — calculated as moderate calisthenics — burns off a smallish wedge of cheese 1.2oz (women) and 1.8 oz (men). Extrapolating, a Big Mac, 522kcal according to the McDonald’s website, would take some 2 ½ to 3 hours.
However, we were inspired to ask similar questions about your daily activities like childcare and computer work and golf using the same Harvard Medical calorie table , and your favourite local treats (thanks to SingHealth’s HealthExchange.com.sg and Nutrition.com.sg. Remember, these are approximations for a 70kg person.
1 plate of chicken rice (roasted chicken) = 1 hour of running or 1½ hours brisk walking
2 stuffed youtiao = 1 hour in a meeting
1 bak chang = 1 hour shopping for food or golfing (with cart)
1 packet of nasi lemak = 1 hour of giving a massage or practising tai chi
1 plate of chicken biryani = 1 hour of fast cycling or 2 hours moving furniture
1 chili crab = 1 hour of skateboarding or playing with hyperactive kids
1 prata with egg (no curry) = 1 hour of playing with somewhat tired kids
1 plate of char kway teow = 1 hour high-impact step aerobics or swimming laps
1 bowl of fishball noodle soup = 1 hour of tennis or 2 hours non-stop bathing or feeding kids
2 har gao = 1 hour of watching TV