If you’re trying to stay fit or maintain your weight, then you probably watch what you eat. You pay close attention to your calorie intake and make sure you don’t over indulge in tasty sweets or carbs. However, do you know how hard it is to actually gain just one pound? Just like a lot of things in life, it is all about balance. Balancing the amount of calories you take in with the amount of energy you burn each day.
There are lots of factors that come into play when burning calories, such as age, weight, metabolism and physical activity. To maintain weight, that means the amount of calories you take in are equal to the amount of energy your body is burning. If you are trying to lose weight, your calorie intake would be less than the amount of energy being burned. It is also nice to know that we are always burning energy, even when we sleep.
For us to gain one pound, one would have to consume 500 more calories everyday for a week. This is because one pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. 7 days a week, with 500 extra calories a day would equal out to 3,500 calories, or one pound of fat.
So that means if you eat one meal filled with creamy mac and cheese and mashed potatoes, you may feel full and like you’ve gained about 5 pounds, but that one meal won’t actually make you gain weight. If you ate that every day, then that’s a different story!
So gaining one pound isn’t all that easy if you are active and don’t eat a ton of extra calories every single day! Focus on a healthy lifestyle and eat what makes you happy, in moderation!