Monday, July 5, 2010

Calories Downed Behind the Wheel Lead to Weight Gain

Source: The Daily Mail (Summary by NIM)

As so many of us spend a lot of time behind the wheel of our cars, it's no surprise that a large proportion of our 'meals' or calories downed take place in the same setting. What is surprising, however, is the number of calories that get mindlessly wolfed down at those red lights, and how significant they are in terms of weight gain!

In a new survey out of the UK, it was found that the average motorist guzzles down an additional 4,000 calories per week while sitting behind the wheel of their cars. Considering the fact that 3,500 calories is equivalent to one pound of fat gained or lost, adding that amount means steadily gaining over a pound each week without even knowing it! Add the fact that lots of driving usually means a lot less physical activity, and you've got a recipe for disaster.

According to the survey, most people eat behind the wheel because they simply don't have the time at home. It was found that the most common foods consumed on the go were chocolate bars, soda and chips. Even though this survey took place in the UK, Canadians do lead similar lifestyles, spending much of their time behind the wheel of a car. Experts agree that eating or drinking while driving can be just as dangerous as talking on a cell phone, because the driver is distracted from the task at hand, adding that "'It is much safer either to build in time before leaving home or to take a break during your journey" and 'Trying to concentrate on the road ahead and stay vigilant of other motorists while eating and drinking inevitably compromises a driver's reaction time and focus."

Find out more about this dangerous habit by reading the article called "Motorists guzzle 4,000 calories of junk food and chocolate a week behind the wheel" from the Daily Mail (June 26, 2010).