In honor of National Donut Day, Hostess (makers of more than two billion donuts a year) did a little "donut recon." And they came up with some interesting information. It seems that our home city and the surrounding environs encompass the Donut Regional Capital of the United States. Our riverside neighbor, Louisville, KY, eats the most donuts per capita in the country, while the fair Queen City itself comes in second on the list. Rounding out the top 5 are Roanoke, VA, Knoxville, TN, and Indianapolis. Clearly, this area loves its holey treats.
In the donut holiday spirit, I thought I'd do a little recon myself. After all, there's no disputing the fact that donuts are an awesome accompaniment to a good cup of java, not to mention an easy way to make that morning staff meeting a little less boring. So - if you're committed to living healthfully, as I know you are - how can you indulge in the occasional donut without eventually looking like one yourself (round and soft)?
Let's take a look. Cult favorite hot 'n fresh Krispy Kreme's glazed donut comes in at 200 calories and 12 grams of fat for a single treat. If you opt for the chocolate iced version, you're up to 350 calories and a whopping 20 grams of fat!
If Dunkin Donuts is your preference, calorie intake ranges from 220 all the way up to 470, for a single donut! Oh so delicious going down, but quite a caloric wallop for something that looks so innocent.
So how do you combat that occasional indulgence?
For the average 35-year-old woman who stands 5'7" and weighs in at 144 lbs., burning off 200 or so calories takes a bit of effort:
- 61 minutes of walking at a moderate pace (power walking will burn calories faster)
- 34 minutes of cycling
- 25 minutes of jogging
- 18 minutes of swimming
Stick to just one, and then carefully manage your nutritional intake throughout the rest of the day, and you can burn your morning donut off in one workout. Keep your indulgence to once per week and just "donut" make it a daily habit!
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