Burn off those ‘egg-stra’ calories

Enjoy that chocolate – you’ve earned it. And here’s how to burn it off later

Life is too short not to eat Easter eggs. But indulging doesn’t have to mean an ever-expanding waistline, providing you stick to that all-important dietary rule: everything in moderation – and offset those extra calories with plenty of exercise.

“Offsetting a bit of seasonal chocolate with some additional exercise is a great way to have your cake and eat it,” says diet and fitness expert Laura Williams (www.laurawilliamsonline.co.uk).

“Striving for balance between your favourite treat foods and getting sufficient exercise to burn it off gives you a better chance at maintaining your weight, because you’re always aware of the need to balance calories in with calories out, rather than depriving yourself of something then periodically overeating it, and doing the same with your exercise routine.”
 Of course, the exact amount of calories in an Easter egg will vary. But to keep things simple, let’s imagine you’re tucking into a large milk chocolate egg, which usually comes with two or three accompanying chocolate bars – at a total of around 1,500kcals.

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Before cracking those eggs, a few simple adjustments in the weeks beforehand could help you savour those treats without that bitter aftertaste of guilt.

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