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Xtreme Eating: Burn Off the Calories From the Country’s Most Indulgent Eats

Written on July 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm , by

You'll be skipping for a while if you want to burn off all of the calories. (Photo by Karen Pearson)

Today, the Center for the Science in the Public Interest released their annual “Xtreme Eating Awards.” Unlike the Oscars or Grammys, the recipients generally aren’t too pleased about being selected—these awards highlight the nation’s chain restaurant orders that are worst for heart health and obesity.

While the a restaurant treat on your birthday won’t ruin your get-fit goals, indulging in one of these dishes on a regular basis can do some diet damage. So since we are FITNESS, after all, we calculated how much exercise you’d need to rack up to burn off the calories from the items on the Xtreme Eating list:

  • 118 minutes of kickboxing= Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt (1,260 calories, 21 g saturated fat, 3,010 mg sodium)
  • 143 minutes of running at 6 MPH = The Cheesecake Factory Factory Farmhouse Cheeseburger (1,530 calories, 36 g saturated fat, 3,210 mg sodium)
  • 164 minutes of vigorous spinning = Cold Stone Creamery PB & C Shake (2,010 calories, 68 g saturated fat, 880 mg sodium)
  • 142 minutes of jumping rope = Applebee’s Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccine (1,520 calories, 43 g saturated fat, 3,700 mg sodium)
  • 205 minutes of lap swimming = The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake (1,540 calories, 59 g saturated fat)
  • 156 minutes on the stairclimber = Great Steak King Fries (1,500 calories, 33 g saturated fat, 4,980 mg sodium)
  • 146 minutes of singles tennis = IHOP Monster Bacon ‘N Beef Cheeseburger (1,250 calories, 42 g saturated fat, 1,590 mg sodium)
  • 185 minutes soccer = Morton’s Porterhouse Steak (1,390 calories, 36 g saturated fat, 1,200 mg sodium)

*Calories burned based on a 140-pound woman

If you want to find out how many calories your workouts burn, check out our handy (and free) interactive tool!

Note: We don’t believe that you need to or should burn off every calorie that you eat. These estimates are shared just for comparison purposes.

Now tell us: Would you be willing to exercise for two to three hours (or more) to balance out one of these “Xtreme” meals?