UK Walks for Burning of the Calories from the Nation’s Favourite Meals | AD
The only way to lose weight is to be in a calorie deficit – to consume fewer calories than you burn. Or, put the other way around, to burn more calories than you consume.
If you’re watching your weight but still want to enjoy your favourite meals and treats, then you need to increase your activity levels to balance things out. Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be intense workouts in the gym – going for walks will do the trick too.
The outdoor fashion brand, TOG 24, has put together a handy guide that covers some of the most famous walks in the country and has put these together with popular meals in the UK to show the amount of walking required to burn off those calories.
This isn’t about being calorie obsessed but more about being aware of how calorific some meals are and what we can do to combat that to create a healthy balance. Heading out for a brisk walk in the great outdoors comes with lots of other benefits too, of course. Spending time outside in nature and going for a walk in the sunshine, while breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the beautiful scenery, is great for both our physical and mental health.
Below, you can see some of the most popular UK meals and their approximate calorie content (without any extras or drinks):
Shepard’s Pie – approximately 636 calories
Beef Wellington – approximately 427 calories
Fish and Chips – approximately 842 calories
Chicken Tikka Masala – approximately 650 calories
Steak and Kidney Pie – approximately 459 calories
Veggie Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash – approximately 340 calories
Afternoon Tea – approximately 1000-1500 calories (depending on how much you eat!)
Cornish Pasty – approximately 774 calories
A Full English Breakfast – approximately 807 calories
A Sunday Roast – approximately 1000 calories
During a 30-minute walk that covers around 1.5-2 miles, you burn on average 100-200 calories. This means that you’d have to walk for five hours or for a distance of at least 7.5 miles to burn 1,000 calories.
Mark Ward, MD of Tog 24 comments: “To keep the weight off, ‘calorie deficit’ is the buzz word, so here at TOG 24 we have done the leg work and researched how many steps some of the most popular walking routes in Great Britain will take to kill the calorie consumption. There are also apps like Go Jauntly to inspire you to get outdoors and the newly extended coastal path named after King Charles III. So, get walking and enjoy the great outdoors.”
Below, you can see how the above popular UK meals can be burnt off by walking, with the perfect walk for different dishes, matching up the calories of the meal and the calories that can be burnt from the walk.
1. Hadrian’s Wall Path: Housesteads to Sycamore Gap. One day, 5 miles, approximately 500 calories burnt. Burns off a Steak and Kidney Pie with 41 calories to spare!
2. Offa’s Dyke: Pandy to Hay-on-Wye. One long day, 17 miles, approximately 1700 calories burnt. Burns enough calories for you to enjoy a Sunday Roast to the max.
3. The Cleveland Way: Staithes to Robin Hood’s Bay. One day, 18 miles, approximately 1800 calories burnt. The world is your oyster on this walk. Eat whatever you want without the calories. Go veggie and have a large portion of Vegetarian Shephard’s Pie, or indeed two helpings.
4. Southern Upland Way: Over the Galloway Hills. Two days, 22 miles approximately, 2200 calories burnt. Snack on some Cornish pasties to keep you going on the walk.
5. The Ridgeway: Overton Hill to Sparsholt Firs. Two days, 25 miles, approximately, 2500 calories burnt. A full English should set up for this, plus a few snacks too!
6. Norfolk Coast Path: Cromer to Sheringham. One day, 4.3 miles, approximately 430 calories burnt. Make sure you only keep to ONE slice of Beef Wellington to keep those calories under control.
7. Thames Path: Marlow to Cookham. One day, 5 miles, approximately 500 calories burnt. Take a steak and kidney pie on this walk and you’ll just about make it – calorie wise!
8. Cotswold Way: Stroud to Dursley. One day, 10 miles approximately 1000 calories burnt. Treat yourself to a Sunday Roast when you complete this wonderful walk.
9. South Downs Way: Lewes to Ditchling. One day 7.5 miles, approximately 740 calories burnt. Chicken Tikka Masala is the dish to give you the energy you need without the calories!
10. Pennine Way: Kinder Scout Loop. One day, 10.5 miles, approximately 1050 calories burnt. Fish and Chips could be the perfect treat once you’ve completed this walk.
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