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If you think you can simply exercise away all the junk food you binge on, think again. Getting more exercise and being more active is, without a doubt, an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But, what most exercise gurus want you to know is that it has to go hand-in-hand with a healthy diet; otherwise, you’ll be eating far more than you could possibly burn off. And there are only so many hours in the day.

Don’t believe us? We took a look at 10 popular junk food items and calculated how much exercise it would take to burn off for a 166-pound, five-foot-four woman (the national average for North American women over 20).

Snickers candy bar, 47 grams (229 calories)

If a chocolate bar is the only thing you indulge in for the entire day, you could probably work it off easily through some light cleaning for an hour, or a nice 45-minute walk outside. But if it’s just another drop in the bad-diet bucket, watch out.

Cleaning: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Walking: 46 minutes

Push-ups: 23 minutes

Running: 19 minutes

Kickboxing: 18 minutes

47.9-gram  bag of M&M’s (240 calories)

Similar to the Snickers, one bag of M&M’s likely won’t destroy your entire diet, but you’ll still need to put aside almost an hour of light activity to burn it off.

Cleaning: 1 hour, 9 minutes

Walking: 48 minutes

Push-ups: 24 minutes

Running: 20 minutes

Kickboxing: 19 minutes

Starbucks Grande Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino with whipped cream (420 calories)

It’s easy to forget that calories can come from drinks, too, so you should definitely be aware of all the calories that Starbucks’ sugary drinks are hiding. One chocolaty chip frappuccino is equal to more than half an hour of running.

Cleaning: 2 hours

Walking: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Push-ups: 42 minutes

Running: 35 minutes

Kickboxing: 33 minutes

Taco Bell Fries Supreme (470 calories)

This deluxe fry add-on at Taco Bell is satisfying, for sure. Just be sure to set aside an hour and a half after you’re done eating to walk it off (and that’s only if you eat the Fries Supreme and nothing else).

Cleaning: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Walking: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Push-ups: 47 minutes

Running: 40 minutes

Kickboxing: 37 minutes

Tim Hortons sausage breakfast sandwich on a biscuit (500 calories)

Surely a breakfast sandwich couldn’t contain that many calories, right? Wrong. At more than 500 calories, you’d need to do almost 40 minutes of kickboxing to burn one of these babies off.

Cleaning: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Walking: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Push-ups: 51 minutes

Running: 43 minutes

Kickboxing: 39 minutes

Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza, two slices (580 calories)

Just two slices of pepperoni pizza are nearly 600 calories, and we can easily wolf down four. You’d need to do almost an hour of push-ups to burn just two of them off! Is that even possible?

Cleaning: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Walking: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Push-ups: 58 minutes

Running: 49 minutes

Kickboxing: 45 minutes

McDonald’s Big Mac Sandwich, no fries (520 calories)

Even if you don’t get the fries, a Big Mac sandwich will provide your body with a whole lot of extra calories, and if you want to burn that off, you’d need to clean your apartment for about two-and-a-half hours.

Cleaning: 2 hours, 28 minutes

Walking: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Push-ups: 52 minutes

Running: 44 minutes

Kickboxing: 40 minutes

Mucho Burrito with chicken, rice, cheese, guacamole and sour cream (727 calories)

A burrito might seem like a tasty way to get a bunch of different food groups in one dish, but this seemingly harmless meal is also filled with a ton of calories. One regular chicken burrito from Mucho Burrito would require a whole hour of running to burn off.

Cleaning: 3 hours, 27 minutes

Walking: 2 hours, 26 minutes

Push-ups: 1 hour, 13 minutes

Running: 1 hour, 1 minute

Kickboxing: 56 minutes

Kraft Dinner, 1 box made with 2% milk (960 calories)

Yes, the side of the KD box says it contains four servings, but who are they kidding, right? And one box of this cheesy pasta is nearly 1,000 calories, which means you’d need more than an hour of vigorous exercise to make up for it.

Cleaning: 4 hours, 36 minutes

Walking: 3 hours, 12 minutes

Push-ups: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Running: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Kickboxing: 1 hour, 14 minutes

Spaghetti with meatballs, 1 1/2 cups (1,060 calories)

If you like heavy pasta with the most decadent meatballs and some cheese, then you’ll be putting quite a lot of food into your body at once. Even if you went kickboxing, you’d need nearly an hour and a half to burn off that meal.

Cleaning: 5 hours, 2 minutes

Walking: 3 hours, 32 minutes

Push-ups: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Running: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Kickboxing: 1 hour, 21 minutes

It’s okay to have a cheat day every once in a while. After all, your body burns through loads of calories just keeping you alive. But if you get into the habit of eating junk all the time, burning off all those hidden calories isn’t very realistic — even with plenty of exercise.