A lot of people wonder if we have been able to gain weight from one or more days of eating. In particular, such thoughts are born in our heads during the upcoming holidays, family events, holidays, or other types of festivities. Can our habits, hard for months, be spoiled by one or several days of eating what we want and in the amount we want? These questions are very controversial. There are voices saying that there is no chance of gaining weight, but also those that believe that, yes, you can gain weight from such disposable food. What is the truth? About all this in the article below.
To gain weight, our body would need to get more calories than it requires. Each additional 7,000 calories is one kilogram more of weight. For example, if our calorie requirement is 2000, then we would have to eat 9000 calories to gain weight. This is how it looks in theory, but how is it in practice?
Numerous studies show how the issue of weight really looks, not only purely theoretically.
• 29 men took part in the study and ate 1,181 calories more than they really needed for 8 weeks. After these 8 weeks, an average of 7.6 additional kilograms appeared on the weight, of which over 4 kilograms were adipose tissue, the remaining lean body mass. With 8267 calories of surplus in eight weeks, there were 0.5 kilos more each week.
• 16 people took part in the study and consumed 1,400 calories more than they needed. After a period of two weeks, they gained on average 1.4 kilograms of body fat, which was 0.7 kilograms per week with 9,800 calories of excess.
So, as you can see, this surplus is higher over time than research suggests. But are we able to gain weight in one or two days? Let’s move on.
Extra kilos and fat
It’s known that during the day we can notice up to two kilograms of weight difference and it’s not really strange. It’s particularly noticeable if we ate a lot the day before, drank alcohol or consumed more liquids than usual. But do these kilos immediately turn into fat? Is this a real weight gain or just a temporary increase in weight? The good news is that it’s not fat. Just as during the day we will not burn a kilo of body fat, so also during the day, it’s not known how much we would not eat, we are not able to get an extra kilo of this fat. Adipose tissue does not grow so quickly that the next day it created additional folds on our body. These extra kilos are primarily water that accumulates in the body, which stops, for example, under the influence of salty snacks. They are also carbohydrates that we have been consumed in the form of sweets and which bind water.
A momentary excess of kilograms in one, two or three days should not affect our body weight and how we look. In one day we will not become slim models and we will not turn into size XXL in one day.
What is calorie absorption?
Being in the subject of excess food, it’s also worth considering the topic of calorie absorption. All macronutrients differ from each other, among others, by their bioavailability. For example, we absorb about 70-80% of calories from protein, 90-95% from carbohydrates, and 97- 100% of calories from fats. For example, to reduce the risk of gaining weight, it’s worth focusing on, for example, high-protein products with low fat content, because they will protect us from gaining extra kilos the most. However, going the other way, you can’t eliminate fats and carbs in favour of protein, because in everything you need to keep the right proportions that interact with each other. Another important element is fibre, which is an ingredient that doesn’t digest because it’s not a source of calories. Of course, such products provide calories from carbohydrates, fat, or protein, but the caloric fibre present in them is not. What’s more, it allows us to stay full for longer, and it also works well on intestinal peristalsis.
Is there a limit on available calories? Are we able to expel some of them, even though we ate a given amount? Yes, there is such a possibility, although these are situations that rarely occur, because they relate to given products that we would not be able to eat in a specific quantity. For example, by drinking a litre of oil once, you will supply your body with approximately 9,000 calories. Part of this fat will be excreted in faeces. The body is then unable to keep up with the secretion of juices and digestive enzymes. Can we imagine such a situation? Certainly not! Our diet is more or less varied, but it affects different groups of products, and their quality is so diverse that it would be difficult to talk about the fact that the body is unable to absorb some of these calories. What’s more, the stomach of an adult can absorb a maximum of 1 – 1.5 litres, because that is its capacity. So there are restrictions at which we are not able to put in more than we can. We certainly felt nauseous from eating too much multiple times before, right? This is how it works, so there is a poor chance that we would be able to eat enough to gain one or two kilos after one day of feasting.
When it comes to diets, it’s also worth analyzing the issue of alcohol carefully. It’s said to be caloric and this is true, but the good news is that apparently only 5% of the alcohol consumed is deposited as fat. And although vodka is the strongest drink here, in combination with water and lemon, for example, it’s the least caloric, although the statement that the best one would seem a bit strange here in the context of dietetics. But it’s not as colourful as at the beginning, because although it does not provide a large amount of calories, it nevertheless inhibits the breakdown of body fat and slows down, and in case of a large amount of alcohol consumed stops completely the process of losing weight. To sum up, therefore, if we drink it sporadically, there should be no problem with it, if we do it too often, it certainly works badly on many aspects of the functioning of our body.
Looking at this topic in general, it should be emphasized above all that eating more food on holidays or at a wedding will not immediately cause more body fat. This must be remembered as much as possible. And even if we gain this one kilogram, a week or two will be enough to get back to our original weight. Let’s not go from extreme to extreme. Let’s focus on a healthy, balanced diet and try to do everything in our power to eat well, and with little sins do not have a guilty conscience.