Conquer the Calorie Cram this Easter

For those trying to lose weight or simply maintain good health, resisting the diverse array of delicious Easter treats can be challenging. Here are some top tips to help you beat the binge! 

According to the low carb experts at New Atkins, however, there are ways we can still enjoy the
Easter holidays and indulge our sweet tooth without undoing all our good work in one sitting.
“Few countries love sugar and chocolate as much as ours, with Australia rated 12th for overall
chocolate consumption and in the top ten nations for per capita sugar consumption,” said
Accredited Practising Dietitian, Duncan Hunter. “In fact the average Aussie consumes more than 40kg of sugar annually, in the form of 5.3kg of chocolate, other confectionary, sweetened beverages and naughty nibbles.
“Easter accounts for a significant proportion of our chocolate (and sugar) intake, and with the World
Health Organisation recently releasing new guidelines for sugar consumption – advising the need to
halve daily consumption from 10 per cent of energy intake (about 12 teaspoons of sugar per day) to
5 per cent of energy intake (6 teaspoons per day)3, we need to ensure we don’t use Easter as an
excuse to calorie cram.
There are several strategies, you can employ which can help reduce temptation and the impact of
over indulgence without depriving ourselves entirely. 
But how to beat the binge? Hunter’s top tips include:

Rather than gorging, choose one day to indulge within reason – and stick to your healthy lowcarb (which means low-sugar!) eating plan, such as the New Atkins Nutritional Approach, for the
other three days.

• Skip the supermarket chocolate aisle. Avoiding temptation is half the battle, and if you don’t buy
and bring it home you can’t eat it.

• Don’t deprive yourself entirely – there are plenty of healthier, sweet tasting options to choose
from. Swap your regular sized 75g chocolate egg (46g of carbs) for a serve of low-carb, guilt free
Atkins chocolate – such as an Atkins Chocolate Decadence Advantage Bar (60g, 2g of carbs). A small
serving (30 grams) of low sugar, dark chocolate Easter eggs (check the label for nutritional
information) is also a much better option than traditional milk or white chocolate. And when it
comes to hot cross buns (41 grams carbohydrates each), why not try baking your own Low Carb Easter buns (5.7 grams carbs each) - Get the recipe here
Incorporate outdoor activities and exercise into your Easter long weekend plans. A morning exercise session the day after Easter can assist in resetting your metabolism, working off the
chocolate eggs and getting you back into a routine – not to mention getting you out of the house
and away from the kitchen!
Dietitian Duncan Hunter breaks it down:

Easter Egg Intake

Calorie, carb and sugar count

 Workout required

100 gram traditional milk chocolate Easter Egg

Calories: 518
Carbs: 62.7
Sugar: 55.7

Two hours or more of brisk walking, or 60 minutes of running

30 gram fondant filled Easter Egg

Calories: 470
Carbs: 62.3
Sugar: 54.1

17 minutes of biking at 15 km/h


7 gram traditional milk chocolate Easter Egg


Calories: 36
Carbs: 4.4
Sugar: 3.9

8 minutes of marching



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