Holidays' Worst Food Bombs -- and How to Defuse Them
Is that slice of pie worth it? Find out just what it takes to burn off your favorite holiday indulgences
The Bomb Buster: To burn off that single slice of gouda or gruyere, hit the gym for 35 minutes on the StairMaster.
Why: "Because cheese is high in fat, one of the best ways to burn those calories is by doing a workout that utilizes fat as a primary source of energy," says Lauderdale. During exercise, your body burns easy forms of energy -- sugar and carbohydrates -- first. Only after your body has used up those fuel sources does it begin to burn fat. Doing sustained activities for long periods of time -- like going for a run or sweating it out on the elliptical machine -- helps push your body into the fat-burning zone sooner, so you can blast away the brie before it makes a permanent home on your thighs.
Reality Check: Cheese plates are a staple at holiday parties. And since food scales don't usually fit in holiday clutches, you might be enjoying quite a bit more than you think. A good point of reference to judge your portion size: one ounce of cheese is about the size of a pair of dice. It's okay to overindulge a little, but anything more than a few servings could push you into an endless stair-stepping marathon.
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