Did You Really Gain 1kg Overnight?!
Have you ever gone out for a meal with family or friends and thought to yourself - Treat yo self mama you deserve it!
So you choose an indulgent option from the menu, you have a few drinks, and you decide to treat yourself to some dessert.
The next day you wake up to find you have gained ONE KILO on the scale. ONE KILO!? Overnight?! What is happening!!
I’m here to put your mind at ease. Putting on one kilogram overnight is pretty much impossible. So breathe Mama, and let me explain more below.
Let’s talk science
For you to ACTUALLY put on 1 kilogram overnight you would have to eat 7,700 calories over your daily allowance in 24 hours. Now let’s put this into food context. Below are some meals that are 7,700 calories, just to give you an idea of how hard it is.
TWO KFC family feasts to yourself!
This would mean you would need to eat:
20 x Pieces Original Recipe Chicken
4 x Large Chips
2 x Large Coleslaw
2 x Large Potato & Gravy
ON TOP of your maintenance calories for the day.
Just in case that wasn’t a good enough example here is another.
4 x bottles of wine
2 x super supreme pizza hut pizzas (Yep the WHOLE thing times two)
2 x full garlic breads
What is the weight on the scale then!?
Well, there’s a few things happening the day after you over indulged.
One is the increase in sodium. If your meal was heavy on the sodium you will be experiencing some water retention. To combat this, drink a few extra glasses of water to help flush the sodium out of your system, and decrease that water weight.
Just like sodium, carbs can also cause water retention. When your body stores carbohydrates, it binds to water molecules at a ratio of 1 gram of carb to 3 to 4 grams of water. In layman's terms, for every gram of carb your body will retain 3-4 grams of water. So if you’ve eaten a high carb meal that night, the next day your body will be retaining more water than usual. Which again means ‘weight’ on the scale, masked as fat.
Let’s also mention the actual weight of having more food than usual in your colon, which again causes more weight when you step on the scale.
We’re all adults here so I also want to mention when you do a "number two". A poo can actually weigh a bit, and, if you haven't yet gone to the toilet, you may see the weight reflected on the scale.
Just to top it off, you probably ate later than usual which again adds to the scale weight.
So don’t stress Mamas - if you needed a “treat yo self” kinda night go for it (in moderation). My main message here is not to sweat the small stuff. If you have a night of overindulging don’t beat yourself up - just get back on track the next day. In saying that though, if you overindulge often enough you can gain weight because going over your daily calories does add up over time.
As always, everything in moderation!