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Mr. Bad Food

 
by John McGran, Food columnist

 
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So you woke this morning craving an Egg McMuffin, but your diet side of your brain says NO WAY! Go ahead... treat yourself to an egg and cheese delight. But when you finish your fast food breakfast be sure to grab a mop and pail â€" you’re about to commence Spring Cleaning, Mr. Bad Food Style!

You can eat Egg McMuffins and other scrumptious, but diet-unfriendly foods if you balance them out with a bout of calorie-burning activities like mopping, dusting, washing and yard work! Your house-mopping session can burn off 300 calories -- the calories you gobbled through that McMuffin!

A few neat and tidy tricks to balance your diet budget:

* Before you mop those floors, try sweeping. An hour and half is all you need to cancel out that slice of Pizza Hut Cheesy Bites pizza with pepperoni that you had for lunch!

* Still hungry? Clean out four closets and you more than cleaned out those 530 calories you’ve get from a Subway 6” Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich.

* We all have two hours or more of deep-clean vacuuming to get to. Save it for after you’ve feasted on a Chicken Caesar Cool Wrap from Chick-fil-A. You’ll have a 30-calorie deficit to bank on for later.

* No thorough spring cleaning can be done without moving a few pieces of furniture. Work up a sweat and within an hour you will have burned enough calories (420) to savor guilt-free snacking on a six-piece serving of Fiery Buffalo Wings from KFC.

*Take your Spring Cleaning outdoors and weed that garden patch. You can burn 315 calories in one hour â€" that’s more than enough to erase that 250-cal Chocolate Chip Clif Bar.

*Got a lawn to mow? Push that mower for an hour (no fair riding!) and you’ll mow down 385 calories â€" enough to balance out that Fandango Salad from Panera Bread.

The bottom line: you can enjoy your favorite foods if you stay active. Spring is a time of rebirth… for you and your body!





@ 11:21am ET on March 28, 2008
LOL I hate to clean ALMOST as much as I hate to workout!


@ 7:34pm ET on March 30, 2008
I have to thank you. I read this Friday and decided to do "sweatin to the 60's" to burn some calories and today I cleaned for hours after eating at the country buffet. I tore into the cleaning, burned calories, and have a much cleaner house now. THANKS....Judy


@ 5:18am ET on March 31, 2008
You must be psychic. I have no idea how many calories, but Friday at a nearby bar after work, I downed some very yummeh crinkle-cut sweet potato fries with a giant glass of non-diet ginger ale. Something motivated me to clean my entire house when I got home. It was a great way to kick off what ended up being a very good weekend. Plus you get to work off that guilt for eating bad food!!!


@ 7:46pm ET on April 6, 2008
I hate to clean and i hate to work out... what do I do?!?!?!


@ 6:34pm ET on March 25, 2009
I definitely need to do this.....


@ 12:04pm ET on March 26, 2009
arrh! cleaning, not my thing!!!
I'd rather workout then clean..
although I have those days where I love
to clean!


@ 7:38pm ET on March 26, 2009
i am a professional maid : ) and it does work. I had a baby 6 months ago and i'v lost 40 pounds so far.. woohooo to any of you people who hate cleaning give me a call ; ) lol


@ 11:54am ET on March 29, 2009
I AM YOUNGER THAN MY AUNT AND SHE IS 135 POUNDS I AM A 154! I CLEAN THE HOUSE ALL THE TIME I TRY TO CONTROL MY SELF OVER EATING AT NIGHT WHICH I KNOW IS BAD BECAUSE YOU NEED TO NOT EAT TILL 3 HOURS BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP.


@ 11:11am ET on October 11, 2010
That's true that cleaning is equal to exercise. Every time I do a deep cleaning of my house I feel exhausted. It means I have burnt callories.

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