Happy Easter everyone!
Giving and consuming Easter eggs is a traditional way to celebrate Easter. Although it is mainly chocolate eggs that we give and consume, the oldest tradition was actually decorating chicken eggs with paint!
There is no doubt about it that a chocolate Easter egg should be enjoyed especially if you have just got through after 40 days and 40 nights without consuming chocolate! However, it is important to be mindful about the amount of chocolate you consume as one average sized Easter egg (100g) can contain up to 14 and a half teaspoons of sugar and in the region of 550 calories!! This does not account for any additional chocolate that comes with the Easter egg.
Table 1 below highlights the World Health Organisation’s maximum daily recommendations for women, men and children (these are not targets, they are guidelines!)
Table 2 below highlights the amount of teaspoons of sugar and calories found in some popular Easter eggs.
It is important to highlight that it will take 60 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise to burn off one 100g Easter egg, but up to two hours of training if you also consume the chocolate bars or sweets that come with it. If you are currently trying hard on a weight loss journey it is a good idea to be mindful of the reality of the delicious chocolate Easter egg. So, while it is very important to enjoy Easter and the long weekend, it is also important to be mindful of your chocolate egg consumption and adjust your physical activity plan in the following week or weeks to compensate!!
Yours in health,
The True Transformation Team 🙂