Just a pre-Thanksgiving Day reality check for all of us. Unless you eat more than 3500 calories, you will not gain weight on Thanksgiving, but you probably WILL see the numbers on the scale go up – maybe even a lot.
The number on the scale reflects all sorts of things other than weight:
- The weight of the food you put into your body (most of which will eventually leave as, er, waste)
- The weight of the liquid you put into your body (ditto)
- Extra water you retain because of your salt intake, monthly cycle (if female, obviously)
- Any muscle you’ve been putting on via exercise
- Your muscles often retain extra water for a day or two after a strenuous workout – making it appear as though you’ve gained weight when you haven’t.
Just one more reason to go more by your measurements than by your weight. Don’t get me wrong, when I’m trying to lose weight, I have to get on the scale every day so that I have at least a sorta kinda idea of what’s going on, but I try not to get upset by temporary gains/losses.
Just thought I’d put that out there, in case anyone is freaking out a bit…