Weight loss calculator reveals how much exercise you need to work off your favourite takeaways and tipples

WOULD you order a takeaway pizza if you knew it would take 1,376 burpees to burn off four slices?

How about if just one glass of Prosecco meant you then had to cycle for two miles or do 247 squats?

Well, a new weight loss calculator is laying bare the truth behind the calories in our favourite takeaways and tipples.

The free online WorkOffYourDinner tool asks users to put in the food or drink consumed the night before.

Choices range from a Big Mac and fries to a Chinese takeaway, as well as any extra naughty treats like chocolate digestives or a Mars Bar.

There's also the option to add on your beverages – whether that's a pint of beer or a strawberry milkshake.


It then reveals exactly how many calories were consumed and how much exercise is needed to burn it off.

These include things like cycling, rowing, running, walking, burpees or squats, as well as the number of miles or reps required.

For example, it would take a 44 mile cycle or 4,095 squats to burn off a Chinese takeaway, while steak and chips would take an eight mile walk to work off.

When it comes to drinks, a pint of lager can be redeemed for a three-mile cycle, while a Prosecco is burned off after 185 sit-ups.

The tool was build by Altert.co.uk – a website that alerts users when the price drops on their favourite products, using data from fast food restaurants' own information as well as sports and nutrition statistics.

Andy Barr, who is part of the team behind the tool, said: "What started off as a fun project to highlight a new section of our website quickly became quite an eye-opening experience, especially when you consider the Government's efforts to reduce obesity in the UK.

"WorkOffYourDinner shows how quickly the calories can build up, even on a short night out, and before you know it you are having to put in a serious shift in terms of either running, cycling, walking, burpees or sit ups in order to work off that big night."

The exercise statistics are weighted to cater for the average adult.

Users of the tool should consult their doctor before starting any exercise program or dramatically changing their diet.

Here are just some examples of the exercise you'd need to do to burn off your favourite fast food…

Big Mac and medium fries, 930 calories

  • 19 mile cycle
  • 1,240 burpees
  • 6 mile run
  • 8 mile walk
  • 1,771 squats
  • 10 mile row
  • 1,328 sit-ups

Chinese takeaway, 2,150 calories

(Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, Chicken Fried Rice, Chicken Chow Mein and Prawn Crackers)

  • 44 mile cycle
  • 2,866 burpees
  • 15 mile run
  • 19 mile walk
  • 4,095 squats
  • 23 mile row
  • 3,071 sit ups

Indian takeaway, 1,048 calories

(Chicken Tikka Masala, rice and a plain naan)

  • 21 mile cycle
  • 1,397 burpees
  • 7 mile run
  • 9 mile walk
  • 1,996 squats
  • 11 mile row
  • 1,497 sit ups

Pepperoni pizza (four slices), 1,032 calories

  • 21 mile cycle
  • 1,376 burpees
  • 7 mile run
  • 9 mile walk
  • 1,965 squats
  • 11 mile row
  • 1,474 sit ups

Four chocolate digestives, 336 calories

  • 7 mile cycle 
  • 448 burpees 
  • 2 mile run 
  • 3 mile walk
  • 640 squats 
  • 2 mile row 
  • 480 sit ups

One pint of lager, 185 calories

  • 3 mile cycle 
  • 246 burpees
  • 1 mile run 
  • 1 mile walk 
  • 352 squats 
  • 2 mile row 
  • 264 sit ups

One glass of Prosecco, 130 calories

  • 2 mile cycle 
  • 173 burpees  
  • 0.93 mile run 
  • 1 mile walk 
  • 247 squats 
  • 1 mile row 
  • 185 sit ups

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