Friday, May 6, 2016

When is fat not really fat?

Big holiday meal, huge backyard cookout, or simply last weekend's eating binge - you know the feeling.  You 'feel' like you gained an extra pound (at least)... and you feel guilty about it.

Here's some advice:  forget about it when things go wrong (like this past weekend).  It’s over.  There’s nothing you can do about it now.  Focus on the future, instead.

It’s not the end of the world if you get off track once in a while.  It’s minor damage that can be dealt with, because here’s the truth:  To gain one pound of fat, you need to eat an extra 3500 calories.  That means you would have to eat an extra 7 Big Macs to gain a pound of fat — over and above your calorie needs.

That’s an excessive amount of calories, so don’t worry.  You didn’t over-eat by 7 Big Macs this weekend.  You didn’t really gain a pound of fat.  Maybe you ate a little more, but it’s the salt and fluid retention that are showing up on the scale.  Just get back on track today, drink extra water, avoid sugar, salt and trans-fats today,

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