AARRRGGHH!!!! I’ve put on 4kg
“Oh no! I’ve put on 4kg of weight in 2 weeks!!! I haven’t even been that naughty”.
These were the words of a dispirited client last night. She had just weighed herself at the gym and to her shock and horror, she weighed 4kg heavier than when I last assessed her, 2 weeks ago.
Again, it is those naughty scales.Please do not 100% trust what the scales say!!!!
For this concerned client, it is virtually impossible to put on this amount body fat in such a short period of time.
Let’s look at simple maths, but bear in mind that the human body doesn’t work is such a simplistic fashion.
There are approx 3500kcal in 1lb of fat. Therefore, for this client to put on 4kg of fat in 14 days she would have consume approx 2,200 kcal extra per day.
- 10 chocolate bars
- 3 bottles of wine
- 200 slices of bread
- 6 croissants
So, as you can, unless the client had been on some serious binge, unless there is some serious emotional eating going on, it is impossible to say 4kg of fat has been gained.
Weight can fluctuate due to a lot of reasons.
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Water retention
- Depending on how much food you’ve eaten.
- How much water you have consumed.
- Whether you’ve gained uncle tissue
The take home message: PLEASE DONT RELY ON THE NUMBER ON THE SCALES AS A GAUGE TO YOUR BODY FAT.
Clothes are a very good indication. If you’re dress is ffitting better, if your jeans are a bit loser, that’s a true indication.
But most importantly, have a body fat assessment with me and my Calipers. This will give you a clearer indication whether you’re losing fat, gaining fat, or not.