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How long does it take to burn off your favorite fattening foods?

During the summer (and every other season, for that matter), it can feel like food is everywhere — from barbecues and pool parties, to happy hours and vacation.

While I’m all for indulging strategically, sometimes a small splurge can turn into a huge diet mess. To put things into perspective, I crunched the calories and figured out how much exercise it would take to burn off our favorite fattening fare. Care to test your nutrition smarts? It’s pop quiz time!

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Watch KLG and Hoda do zany exercise stunts playing 'Burn It Off!'

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Watch KLG and Hoda do zany exercise stunts playing 'Burn It Off!'

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1. How long would you have to do high-knee exercises to burn off a small pepperoni pizza and two cans of soda?

Answer: 8 hours. This relaxing night-in will set you back 1,700 calories. You’d have to walk about 19 miles — or 6 hours straight — to burn off this pizza party.

Pizza Zucchini Boats
Zucchini Boats
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2. How long would you have to hula hoop to burn off a chicken Caesar salad and a daiquiri?

Answer: Over 3 hours. Bottom line: Don’t be fooled by the word “salad.” Caesar salad is drenched in rich dressing and loaded with croutons and Parmesan cheese. Combine it with a sweet sugary strawberry daiquiri, and it quickly adds up to almost 1,500 calories.

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Burger or ribs? Nachos or fries? Take our summer food This or That?! quiz

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Burger or ribs? Nachos or fries? Take our summer food This or That?! quiz

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3. How long do you need to dance to burn off barbecue fare (hot dog, cheeseburger, macaroni salad, coleslaw, watermelon and apple pie with ice cream)?

Answer: 6 hours! That barbecue weighed in at a not-so-cool 2,440 calories. You’d have to boogie down for 6 straight hours to high-energy music to torch those calories. That’s nearly 105 straight songs!

4. How many jumping jacks would it take to burn off chips, guacamole and two beers?

Answer: 5,000 jumping jacks because this snack session will cost you more than 800 calories! Consider swapping the chips and guacamole for a veggie and hummus platter.

Cauliflower Hummus
Cauliflower Hummus
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