What it takes to burn off your favourite fast food

Did you know it takes less to burn off a Big Mac than a Whopper? Photo / NZ Herald
Did you know it takes less to burn off a Big Mac than a Whopper? Photo / NZ Herald

Have you ever bitten into a Big Mac or wolfed down a pack of sushi at lunch and wondered how much exercise it would take to burn off what you've just eaten?

Eating fast food and getting enough exercise to in may seem like a tricky balancing act to counter weight gain.

But you may be surprised to learn some of the most likely suspects are not actually the worst offenders when it comes to their calorie count.

Compare The Market has revealed the total calories of popular fast food meals and how much running, walking, swimming or yoga is required to work them off, assuming a person's weight is at 78 kilograms.

If you've ever wondered how McDonald's compares to Burger King, a Big Mac with fries is a better choice than a BK Whopper.

The McDonald's burger will take two and a half hours of yoga whereas the Whopper would see you moving through sun salutations for three hours and ten minutes.

Here's a breakdown of how much exercise it takes to burn off the calories of some of your favourite fast foods.


Your favourite fast foods and the amount of exercise required to burn them off. Graphic / NZ Herald
Your favourite fast foods and the amount of exercise required to burn them off. Graphic / NZ Herald

Subway Chicken Parmigiana Melt sandwich - 472 calories

Photo / Subway.co.nz
Photo / Subway.co.nz

• Running: 30 minutes
• Swimming: 50 minutes
• Yoga: one hour and 20 minutes
• Walking: one hour and 40 minutes

Sushi (three salmon rolls) - 575 calories

Photo / iStock
Photo / iStock

• Running: 50 minutes
• Swimming: one hour
• Yoga: one hour and 40 minutes
• Walking: two hours and 10 minutes

McDonald's Big Mac with regular fries - 861 calories

Photo / NZ Herald
Photo / NZ Herald

• Running: one hour and 10 minutes
• Swimming: one hour and 40 minutes
• Yoga: two hours and 30 minutes
• Walking: three hours and 10 minutes

Burger King Whopper with regular fries - 1,046 calories

Photo / File, supplied
Photo / File, supplied

• Running: one hour and 30 minutes
• Swimming: two hours
• Yoga: three hours and 10 minutes
• Walking: four hours

Domino's BBQ Meatlovers small pizza - 966 calories

Photo / File, supplied
Photo / File, supplied

• Running: one hour and 20 minutes
• Swimming: one hour and 50 minutes
• Yoga: two hours and 50 minutes
• Walking: three hours and 40 minutes

Starbucks Caffe Latte Grande - 223 calories

Photo / Instagram.com/starbucksnz
Photo / Instagram.com/starbucksnz

• Running: 10 minutes
• Swimming: 20 minutes
• Yoga: 30 minutes
• Walking: 40 minutes

Sumo Salad Sumo Famous Caesar Salad - 385 calories

Photo / Sumosalad.co.nz
Photo / Sumosalad.co.nz

• Running: 20 minutes
• Swimming: 40 minutes
• Yoga: one hour
• Walking: one hour and 20 minutes

Nando's Quarter Chicken with regular chips - 943 calories

Photo / Instagram.com/nznandos
Photo / Instagram.com/nznandos

• Running: one hour and 20 minutes
• Swimming: one hour and 50 minutes
• Yoga: two hours and 50 minutes
• Walking: three hours and 30 minutes

- nzherald.co.nz

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