How much sex will burn off a burger?

Just how much exercise is needed to burn off the food you've just eaten? We crunch the numbers for you.

Photo: ING Image
Photo: ING Image
27 Oct 2015

Photo: ING Image

When the BBC ran a story, How far do you have to run to burn off a burger?, we learned depressingly, that an hour of sex - calculated as moderate calisthenics - burns off a smallish wedge of cheese 1.2oz (women) and 1.8 oz (men). Extrapolating, a Big Mac, 522kcal according to the McDonald’s website, would take some 2 ½ to 3 hours.

However, we were inspired to ask similar questions about your daily activities like childcare and computer work and golf using the same Harvard Medical calorie table, and your favourite local treats (thanks to SingHealth’s HealthExchange.com.sg and Nutrition.com.sg. Remember, these are approximations for a 70kg person.

1 plate of chicken rice (roasted chicken) = 1 hour of running or 1½ hours brisk walking
1 plate of chicken rice (roasted chicken) = 1 hour of running or 1½ hours brisk walking
27 Oct 2015

1 plate of chicken rice (roasted chicken) = 1 hour of running or 1½ hours brisk walking

2 stuffed youtiao = 1 hour in a meeting
2 stuffed youtiao = 1 hour in a meeting
27 Oct 2015

2 stuffed youtiao = 1 hour in a meeting

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1 bak chang = 1 hour shopping for food or golfing (with cart)
1 bak chang = 1 hour shopping for food or golfing (with cart)
27 Oct 2015

1 bak chang = 1 hour shopping for food or golfing (with cart)

1 packet of nasi lemak = 1 hour of giving a massage or practising tai chi
1 packet of nasi lemak = 1 hour of giving a massage or practising tai chi
27 Oct 2015

1 packet of nasi lemak = 1 hour of giving a massage or practising tai chi

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1 plate of chicken biryani = 1 hour of fast cycling or 2 hours moving furniture
1 plate of chicken biryani = 1 hour of fast cycling or 2 hours moving furniture
27 Oct 2015

1 plate of chicken biryani = 1 hour of fast cycling or 2 hours moving furniture

1 chili crab = 1 hour of skateboarding or playing with hyperactive kids
1 chili crab = 1 hour of skateboarding or playing with hyperactive kids
27 Oct 2015

1 chili crab = 1 hour of skateboarding or playing with hyperactive kids

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1 prata with egg (no curry) = 1 hour of playing with somewhat tired kids
1 prata with egg (no curry) = 1 hour of playing with somewhat tired kids
27 Oct 2015

1 prata with egg (no curry) = 1 hour of playing with somewhat tired kids

1 plate of char kway teow = 1 hour high-impact step aerobics or swimming laps
1 plate of char kway teow = 1 hour high-impact step aerobics or swimming laps
27 Oct 2015

1 plate of char kway teow = 1 hour high-impact step aerobics or swimming laps

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2 har gao = 1 hour of watching TV
2 har gao = 1 hour of watching TV
27 Oct 2015

2 har gao = 1 hour of watching TV


1 bowl of fishball noodle soup = 1 hour of tennis or 2 hours non-stop bathing or feeding kids
1 bowl of fishball noodle soup = 1 hour of tennis or 2 hours non-stop bathing or feeding kids
27 Oct 2015

1 bowl of fishball noodle soup = 1 hour of tennis or 2 hours non-stop bathing or feeding kids

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