This should explain my relationship with food rather well. As someone who possesses the will power to abstain from buying unhealthy foods, but has none of the will power to refuse the same foods when given to me, I wondered, just how far would I have to walk to burn off my favorite cheat meal: An entire Meat Lover’s pizza from Pizza Hut.
If one slice is 470 calories, then the 8-slice pizza is a whopping 3,760 calories, or about 2 days of your recommended caloric intake.
How Many Calories Does Walking Burn?
First we need to learn how much a person weighs. According to a 2012 study by the BMC Public Health Journal, the average North American weight was 80.7 kg, or 177.9 lbs.
Let’s be conservative and use the 180 lbs value because let’s be honest, for every 120 lbs healthy Angelino, there are two 205 pound Americans, like myself. After all, 177 lbs is the average, not the median.
Now lets burn calories. According to a Road Runner’s-Certified Marathon Coach, a 180 lbs person can expect to burn 96 calories by walking a mile at 2.5 to 3.5 miles per hour, which includes humans’ preferred walking speed (3.1 mph).
How Many Miles Would You Need To Walk?
With 3,760 calories to burn, and a rate of 96 calories per mile, an average American would have to walk approximately 40 miles (39.17 to be precise), or about the equivalent of walking from Santa Monica to Disneyland! If you added stuffed-crust, garlic bread, or had a soda, you may want to consider making that a round trip.
Finally, with all the math done, lets answer this post’s question. In order for you (as an average American) to burn off a pizza by walking in LA, you would have to walk just about the entirety of LA from end to end.
The conclusion, unfortunately, is to enjoy pizza in moderation. That is, unless you live on Ocean Avenue, own an annual Disney Pass, and your name is Forest Gump.
Tell me, would you walk 40 miles to justify eating an entire pizza? What is the furthest you have walked or ran? While we’re on the topic, what’s your favorite cheat meal?
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