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Smell that? No, me neither – my nose is blocked and my lips are chapped, which can only mean one thing. It’s Ekka season.

But if we could catch a whiff, it would be the mouth-watering smells of Dagwood dogs frying up, the sweet aroma of strawberry sundaes and the syrupy scents of freshly spun fairy floss.

But it’s not all fun and games. If you’re accustomed to guzzling these Ekka staples like a food-deprived Labrador, your hard work in the gym will likely suffer – after all, there are some #gainz that you don’t want.

Have your fudge and eat scones too with these hacks to enjoy the Ekka without spoiling your hard work in the gym.

WTF (WHERE’S THE FOOD?)

Just because you’re steering clear of a food coma, doesn’t mean you should leave your appetite at home.

Not all Ekka foods are made equal, and believe it or not, not all show food comes either deep fried or sugar coated (shock horror!).

Enter the Fresh Food Pavilion, a health nuts saviour. Our pick are the Vietnamese rice paper rolls from Sate House, or visit the Gourmet Plaza foodie mecca to indulge in a tasting plate of award-winning sausages for just $5.

At the end of the day, there’s no real harm splurging on a classic strawberry sundae, because a) is it really the Ekka without a strawberry sundae, and b) you’re sure to burn it off on the next ride anyway…

SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

You’ve got beads of sweat running down your forehead, your heart is racing and your legs are shaking like a baby giraffe – no, we’re not talking about leg day, we’re talking about thrill rides!

When it comes to losing weight, we doubt a day out at the Ekka would be the first thing that comes to mind, but you better believe there’s a workout hidden amongst the petting zoo, whip cracking and wood chopping.

It turns out scaring the beejeebies out of yourself can burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk. Make a beeline to The Beat, Cliff Hanger or Freak Out to help burn off that extra dollop of cream on your funnel cake. Plus, the adrenaline jolt can increase your white blood cells and increase the strength of your immune system – that’ll certainly help you dodge the notorious Ekka flu!

Not to mention all that walking from extreme pogo demonstrations to canine critiquing will keep your heart rate up, and your metabolism charged.

IT’S NOT A SHOW WITHOUT A SHOWBAG

If you didn’t get a showbag, did you even Ekka?

When it comes to showbags, there’s one golden rule we stand by – if it’s not a usual contender in your weekly meal plan, don’t take it home to taunt you from the pantry shelves. It’s best to leave temptations at the showgrounds, and pick a non-food bag best suited to hide that food baby.

Couldn’t resist the tantalising lure of a Bertie Beetle showbag? Burn your buns in these workouts fit for every occasion.

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