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How Much Weight Could I Gain Eating Christmas Dinner ???

The Maximum Amount of Weight You Could Realistically Gain in One Day : Cue one big collective sigh of relief.

Of course, you try your very best to stick to a relatively healthy diet and exercise plan. But some days, you’re bound to go overboard—after all, you’re only human. Perhaps it’s stressful at work and you just can’t stop munching, you had one too many G&T’s at happy hour and find yourself demolishing a pizza large enough to feed a family of six. Or maybe you’re so overtired that you double up on breakfast because your stomach feels like a bottomless pit.

Point is, everyone, overindulges on occasion. But while it’s easy to freak out and think you “blew your diet,” don’t—because you didn’t.  Patients past and present ask regularly, just how much weight you can realistically gain in one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad eating day. It turns out, you’d have to take in a ridiculous amount of food to gain even just a pound of additional body fat in one day.

It’s virtually impossible to gain weight overnight, even if you really blew it with pizza, pasta and prosecco.  The reason comes down to calorie maths. Though it’s not 100 percent precise, the basic principle stands true: In order to gain weight, you’d have to eat 3,500 more calories than you typically eat and burn off to maintain your weight.

So let’s say you eat 2,000 calories per day on a normal day. You’d have to eat 3,500 additional calories, totalling 5,500 calories, to gain a single pound. And that’s without taking any physical activity into account.

So then, what do 3,500 calories look like, exactly?  To get 3,500 more calories, you could eat your regular diet and then also have three glasses of wine (370 calories), two chicken wings (110 calories), some onion rings (340 calories), a portion of chips (290 calories), one burger with all the extras (860 calories), and a slice of chocolate cake (795 calories). That’s a lot of food—and you haven’t even hit the mark yet.

There’s even more scientific evidence that it’s pretty hard to gain real weight after one day of overeating. Our patients typically say they gain five to ten pounds over the Christmas and New Year period. One of the best studies to date, published in the Journal of Medicine found that, on average, most people gained just one pound.  Fewer than 10 percent of the study participants actually gained more than five pounds over Christmas and New Year.

Of course, a bad diet day could leave you feeling incredibly bloated and just “ugh” the next day. The key is to course correct the next day; i.e., eat responsibly and get back to your fitness routine.  This will help you to stop the real pounds from piling on.

So as you go into the New Year, don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the healthy eating wagon for a day.  It’s a long term game.  It’s okay if you love the occasional Italian, Indian or Chinese.  Just don’t make a habit of it, and be sure to stay get some exercise.

Let your New Years resolution be; I will eat healthily and exercise most of the time.

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Growing Old Disgracefully…

I write this blog having just returned from an awards ceremony in London, where we picked up an award for our Alevere Weight Loss Therapy on behalf of the Alevere network of twenty eight clinics. Disappointingly I did not get to do an Oscars style speech, much to the relief of Rachel my wife.

Our award was one of many given out on the night, with other awards being presented to clinics in the beauty and aesthetics industry, many specialising in administering facial muscle paralysing drugs, such as Botox.  Many in the room were unable to show surprise when their awards were announced as they were incapable of moving their eyebrows.

It was clear that some of the attendees were prepared to go to considerable lengths to halt the march of time by attempting to iron out any signs of wrinkles where wrinkles should be when we reach a certain age.

My middle daughter, thirteen, recently asked me, ‘Dad, why have you got so many wrinkles around your eyes?’ I replied, ‘I have one on each side for each of my children.’ She went on to say ‘You have a lot more than four kids then Dad!’  I will have the last laugh though when I do some Dad dancing outside the car with my eighties music blaring when I collect her from school.

I’m excepting of the fact that I am approaching middle age, although I am keen to discover a suitable scientific explanation as to why the male ears and nose start to sprout hair at this point in our lives.  The average age of patients across our clinics is forty-six for women and forty-eight for men.  This has been consistent over the last five and a bit years.

I’ve often wondered why the age of our patients has remained so consistent.  I once asked a typical female patient, why she had chosen to seek our help at this stage in her life.  She explained that for the first time in her adult life she did not feel guilty about putting herself first, ahead of family and other commitments.  Her children were now in their twenties and she had more disposable income and she felt she deserved to ‘treat’ herself.

The lady went on to lose over six stone and during her several weeks of treatment I watched a self-confidence appear that had not been present when we first met.   In a later conversation, she told me she had been married for over twenty years, I joked that with her that with her new found confidence she might be tempted to go and find a younger husband.  She replied, ‘it’s taken me twenty years to train the current one, I’m not going through that again’.