Halloween trick-or-treating, a hallowed tradition for more than a century, is one of the most anticipated events of the year for millions of children across the United States. However, it is also when holiday weight gain really begins, as opposed to Thanksgiving. Children are known to consume over 3,000 calories from Halloween candy, while parents each consume in excess of 1,700 calories.
Overindulging on candy that is loaded with sugar, which inhibits fat release, during and after Halloween can also lead to poor food choices following the holiday. This, in turn, leads to even more weight gain. Furthermore, excessive sugar consumption is known to be a major factor in rising obesity levels across the country, as well as Type 2 Diabetes.
Ironically, you can fight weight gain from Halloween, as well as from the other holidays, by shopping for food and pushing a grocery cart. In fact, for example, according to a FitDay calorie-burner calculator, a 185-pound 6-foot 35-year-old man burns 198 calories per hour from pushing a grocery cart at the store, whereas a 135-pound 5’ 4” 35-year-old woman will burn 144 calories per hour. To calculate how many calories you can burn by pushing a grocery cart, please visit http://www.fitday.com/webfit/burned/calories_burned_Food_shopping_with_grocery_cart.html.
However, if you fill your grocery cart with high-fat, high-calorie foods that you will consume once home, those calories you burned while pushing your cart will be replaced and even surpassed. Consider a healthy grocery cart, one filled with fruits, vegetables and whole foods as opposed to frozen dinners, salty snacks, soda and even more candy. Furthermore, you can increase your calorie loss by incorporating a grocery shopping workout, which includes doing walking lunges while pushing your shopping cart, walking at a faster pace when there’s no crowd holding you back, holding in your stomach to work your abs, etc.