Many of us try our best to achieve or maintain a healthy diet. We try hard to stick to an exercise program. But there will always be days where you consume ridiculous amounts of food, especially over the weekends. And it’s okay because as humans we are bound to go overboard sometimes. Even those who are serious about their health and fitness even have cheat days. But many people wonder if you can you gain 10 pounds in a weekend? Is it possible to gain this much weight within just 2 or 3 days?
A lot of people claim to have gained a ridiculous amount of weight within a weekend. How many times have you heard someone say that they just gained a couple of pounds after consuming a fast-food meal? There are those who need to gain (or lose) a certain amount of weight as a requirement, such as athletes.
The truth is, to gain 3 pounds of actual fat in one weekend, you would have to eat 3,500 more calories each day then you consume for each of the three days – from Friday to Sunday. It takes 3,500 calories to gain one pound of fat, so for you to gain 5 pounds of fat it would be 3,500 x 5 = 17,500 calories excess in addition to your normal calorie intake (or in addition to what you burn each day). Starting to seem a bit unrealistic, eh? Can you say an extra 35 Big Macs in one weekend (one Big Mac has 560 calories)?
For instance, let’s say you consume 2,000 calories on a normal day. You would have to eat 3,500 more calories, totaling to 5,500 calories, to gain one pound. That is without considering any physical activity or exercise.
A group of researchers from Virginia State University asked men to eat an extra 1,000 calories every day for eight weeks. By the end of that period, the men had gained an average of 11 extra pounds. That is 11 pounds after eight weeks of indulging in too much food. So, no matter how much you overeat this weekend, it is entirely impossible to gain that much weight.
What happens when you overeat for one weekend?
After a weekend of consuming junk foods or foods containing simple carbs, all that is stored in the body as water. So the high sodium and carbohydrates content causes an increase in fluid retention in the body. And that’s why you feel bloated and bulky. It’s all extra water weight. You may not gain 10 pounds in a weekend, but it certainly doesn’t feel good to overeat this way!
These foods lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber and only provide you with immediate energy. As a result, your blood sugar and moods are altered. That is why 20 to 30 minutes after overeating, you feel the need to take a nap. Your body contains too much sugar and it uses whatever it needs to restore it.
The next time you overindulge over the weekend and are shocked to discover that you are a few pounds heavier, stay calm and realize that it does not represent the actual measurement, but rather is a measure of the water weight you absorbed. Focus on getting back to eating healthy, and your body will come back into balance within a few day. Incorporate more superfoods including fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole and natural foods in your diet and cut on foods that are high in sodium and carbohydrates.
You will return to your healthy weight in a few days after the extra water has dropped. Don’t let the fluctuation deter you from making healthy lifestyle choices. After all, the changes are a part of a healthy fitness lifestyle.
And don’t be scared to indulge in great food sometimes. Cheat days are perfectly fine. After all, can you gain 10 pounds in a weekend anyway? No, you really can’t, and it would take a concerted effort to even try. Keep in mind that nearly all of that weight gain is actually retained water, and so even though your pants don’t fit and you appear to have gained a lot of weight, the damage is only a fraction of what you think!