64.8 Big Mac’s Later
So I get this question or comment pretty often. How have I gained 10 lbs. I have been watching what I eat and exercising. Suddenly I have gained 10 lbs. in only a week.
Whoa…hold on. You did not gain 10 lbs. Usually the client is convinced and I get a response like this “nope, said so right there on the scale I have gained 10 lbs. And in only a week! This is not working.”
The scale most certainly could have gone up 10 lbs. In fact, it probably did and did so in a week. Let’s dig a little deeper into this though. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. If you gain 10 lbs. of fat in a week you would need to eat 35,000 calories or an extra 5,000 per day every day for a week to gain 10 lbs. In terms of Big Macs which are 540 calories each you would have to eat 64.8 Big Macs or 9.25 Big Macs per day for a week to gain that much weight. This is in addition to what you normally eat per day.
So it is highly unlikely anyone would gain 10 lbs. in a week. At least, not of fat. It is likely and possible that changes in fluid intake and electrolytes, i.e. water and salt, can cause this much weight gain. This weight gain would be from water and not fat, and it would be temporary.
The scale is just one tool for measuring progress. It certainly has its limits as seen in the above example. Measuring progress is important, as that which is not measured cannot be improved. Chapter 11 of “Eat by Color” talks about the importance of measuring progress along with the best methods to do so.
Let me help you out. Get off the scale! If you cannot help getting on the scale every day I will share a quick fix. Go in the garage, basement, or wherever you may keep your tools. Get the hammer, even better grab a sledge hammer. Set the scale on something solid and give it a few love taps with the hammer or sledge hammer. Throw the pieces in the garbage and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.