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How Long Does it Take To Gain Weight?

We all have those days where we may have had one or two (or three) extra pieces of cake at your niece's 4th birthday party. Does this mean that by morning the damage is done? After all a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips...

Fortunately, this is not quite how it works. In fact from what I've researched (and since I am no doctor), all I have found is that there is no real way to figure out how long it takes for excess calories to turn into fat. Of course there is a balancing act of calories in with calories out, but many other factors that impact the answer to that vary from person to person based on genetics, metabolism and hormonal factors.

Temporary weight gain could appear quickly after a large meal or two, but that does not mean that if you've overdone it, you're doomed. After all, daily weight fluctuations are normal.

Generally speaking though, if you keep your calories burned in line with your calories consumed over a week's time, you shouldn't gain -- 3,500 calories is equal to one pound. If you do have a surplus of 3,500 calories by the end of one week, most people will be up a pound from the prior week. The most worrisome is the gradual weight gain that people experience, which is more likely to represent new pounds that you truly gain over time. Keep a food diary to try and help combat this gradual weight gain and (you knew this was coming) exercise regularly!

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PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 8 years
I'm right with kristine on that one. If your gonna cut out the things you love (for me its pizza and cupcakes) you're just going to drive yourself crazy and binge! So if you need the pizza for lunch, do an extra 15 minutes of cardio or step down to a nice salad for dinner.
kristine13 kristine13 8 years
That's the key -- it's all about moderation. If you had desert last night, skip it tonight; or, if you ate three pieces of pizza for lunch, have a salad for dinner. I've noticed that if I just let myself enjoy having a little extra ice cream, or a second helping of pasta, every once in awhile, I don't feel deprived, and the calories don't add up to extra pounds.
orangeflower orangeflower 8 years
A good friend once told me this. I used to freak out after eating something bad. I thought "now I'm going to gain weight" after eating a slice too many of pizza or a good ol hearty breakfast. but I soon realized that one meal isn't going to make or break me for a day, week, month, etc.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
A nutritionist told me last week that you should aim to consume no more than you can burn in the next three hours, or it's more likely to stick. That's sort of why they encourage healthy snacking rather than long gaps between big meals.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
I feel like I just gained 5 pounds from looking at that picture =p
pinkkiwii84 pinkkiwii84 8 years
I keep a food journal and i quickly realized most of my daily intake of calories comes from drinks. Then i went grocery shopping and realized that all the healthy food costs twice what regular food does! So not fair!
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
:ROTFL: llh, it isn't wrong that were ALL drooling over that picture. Is that ice cream between those pancakes and hot fudge? Drool.
AnneLillian AnneLillian 8 years
Is that a low-cal food ... recipe
llh1789 llh1789 8 years
Is it wrong that I keep zooming in on this picture??
SugarIsSweeter01 SugarIsSweeter01 8 years
I KNOW - I want some!
jhuck jhuck 8 years
That picture looks delicious. I'm such a sucker for food temptation!
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