Burning off your favourite snack

How long do you have to sweat it out at the gym to burn off your favourite snack? Try our energy burn tool to gauge how your snack rates.

Snacks can be sneaky. We may not realise how much energy we’re eating when we pick from the box or scoop from the tub.

Research shows just over a third of the average Australian’s energy consumption is from ‘discretionary foods’ which have little nutritional value and are often high in saturated fat, sugar, salt and alcohol.

We’ve looked at Australia’s favourite snacks and estimated how long it could take to work them off.

Australia’s favourite snacks

According to a survey by Roy Morgan Research the top five Australian snacks are chips, nuts, savoury biscuits, ice cream and flavoured yogurt.

We’ve done the maths on how long it could take someone to burn off these tasty treats.

A snack pack of BBQ flavoured biscuits (25-30g)

Vanilla Ice Cream (2 scoops, 100g)

A small bag of potato chips (50g)

Cashews (20 nuts or 30g)

Low Fat Strawberry yogurt (100g)

How does your snack rate?

Enter your weight in kilograms (kg). Then select a type of activity from the drop down menu and enter in how long (in minutes) you did this activity. Click ‘Calculate’ for an estimation of how much energy you would’ve used in carrying out this activity, in Calories* and in kilojoules.

Potential burn:

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Full Burning Calories tool page

One ‘uppercase C’ Calorie is actually a kilocalorie (1000 ‘lower case c’ calories), and equals 4 kilojoules (rounded to the nearest whole number).

This tool has been reviewed by Bupa health professionals and is based on reputable sources of scientific evidence. It is not diagnostic and should not be relied on as a substitute for professional medical or other health professional advice. Consult your doctor if you have questions.


This calculation is based on a person who weighs approximately 65 kilograms and is exercising at a light to moderate intensity.

Please note that the results given are only a guide. Actual values vary between individuals and depend on other factors such as age, sex or efficiency of movement. 

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