How much do you love Easter?

WITH Easter only days away, there is a certain increase of tempting treats on the shelves of the supermarket.

This increase of delicious sweets starts early in March and often continues well into April.

Even if you have been 'good' during this time, often well-meaning friends and relatives feel the need to acknowledge Easter with the giving of gifts - usually food gifts such as Easter Eggs and hot cross buns.

However, Easter doesn't have to be a tough time for dieting.

According to Healthy Inspirations Great Shape Centre Manager, Danielle Hall, there are simple ways to avoid gaining extra kilos over Easter.

It's important to read the labels of Easter Eggs and think small, even though the smaller eggs are often marketed for younger children.

Spend time with your children making colourful presents out of hollowed out egg shells, or why not go on a picnic or outing for Easter.

We remember doing something together rather than what we were given.

You can even exchange small gifts, rather than chocolate.

If you do indulge during Easter this year, Danielle suggests additional exercises when eating certain Easter foods.

A hot cross bun contains 293 kcal and 5.5 grams of fat which will take one hour of vigorous cycling to burn off.

A Nestle Easter Egg contains 530 kcal and 30 grams of fat which will take one hour of boxing to burn off.

An Aero, milk chocolate Easter Egg contains 523 kcal and 29 grams of fat which will take one hour of vigorous cleaning to burn off.

And a Quality Streets Easter Egg containing 501 kcal and 25.5 grams of fat will take a one hour Healthy Inspirations circuit to burn off.

Healthy Inspirations uses a unique approach to weight loss combining personalised eating plans; one-on-one support, exercise and relaxation all under the one roof.

They provide their members with education and support all year round so they achieve weight control that lasts.

To find out more about the program or to receive a complimentary body composition analysis call Healthy Inspirations The Pines on (07) 5534 4666.

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