Easter treats are tasty but hard to lose

Easter treats are notorious for contributing to weight gain
Easter treats are notorious for contributing to weight gain

IF yYOU over indulged on the sweet stuff this Easter be warned - the following information might make you feel symptoms of chocolate regret.

According to Diabetes Queensland chief executive officer Michelle Trute, one chocolate rabbit might take some people a full working day of exercise to burn off.

"One regular size 250g chocolate bunny will take an average middle-aged man around seven hours to walk off, while an average woman will need a staggering nine hours," Ms Trute said.

However, Mackay nutritionist Barbara Bourke, of Holistic Health Mackay, said chocolate could be enjoyed, but only in moderation.

"It's best to opt for the dark chocolate," she said.

"You can get dark chocolate that is up to 80% cocoa now."

But parents shouldn't feel bad if they have spoilt their kids with Easter treats these holidays.

"It's all about the education," Ms Bourke said.

"You need to talk to your kids and tell them that chocolate is a treat, it's not part of a diet.

"And make sure you break up the treats with healthy options like a piece of fruit."

And Ms Trute is encouraging children and adults to become more active, as part of the Swap It Don't Stop It campaign.

She suggested people think outside the square when choosing how to get active at Easter.

"We have wonderful national parks in Queensland and the Easter break is the perfect time to swap the city for the country and get out and explore," she said.

"If you want to try something different there are plenty of operators who can arrange kayaking trips on our wonderful creeks and rivers.

"Maybe this is your chance to try mountain biking.

"Whatever exercise you choose, make this Easter break the one you swapped the couch for the great outdoors and started your journey to a healthier lifestyle."

Visit swapit.gov.au for more information.

Did you eat too much chocolate over Easter?

This poll ended on 11 April 2013.

Current Results

Yes

43%

No

56%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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