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When Does Food Become Fat?
Have you wondered how long it takes to gain weight after overeating? Do you know how your body decides to store calories as fat? Take this quiz to get the facts!
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True or False: Right after eating, your weight will increase.
Explanation: Your weight will increase after eating or drinking, but this isn't real, permanent weight gain. It's related to the actual weight of the food or liquid you just consumed. It's not related to the calories or fat content of the meal itself.
How many calories are equal to one pound of body fat?
Explanation: One pound of body fat is equal to 3,500 calories. That means you have to create a 3,500-calorie deficit through diet and exercise to lose one pound of body fat. To gain a pound, you'd have to consume 3,500 calories more than your body is able to use.
You overate by 1,000 calories yesterday and woke up weighing 3 pounds more today. Did you really gain 3 pounds of fat?
Explanation: If you overeat by 1,000 calories one day and wake up 3 pounds heavier the next, you didnít gain three pounds of fat overnight. It takes a surplus of about 3,500 calories to make a pound of fat. Other factors that affect the scale include the weight of the food and liquid you just ate, the last time you used the restroom, water retention, hormonal changes, clothing and more. It's normal for your weight to fluctuate day-to-day and throughout the day. That's why it's best to weigh yourself less often (like once a week) to get a better picture of your true weight gains and losses.
True or False: The only way your body can store energy from food is in the form of body fat.
Explanation: Your body can store energy from food for future use in two ways: 1) as fat and 2) as muscle fuel (called glycogen). Its first priority is to fill its glycogen tanks, because glycogen is the body's primary source of energy for physical activity. Once your glycogen stores are filled and the rest of the body's energy needs are covered, all the extra energy from your food will be stored as body fat.
If you consume a late-night meal and then go to bed without exercising, what happens to the food you eat?
It all gets stored as fat
Some of it will be stored as fat
It won't be digested correctly
It is metabolized the same way as if you ate it earlier in the day
None of the above
Explanation: Your body doesn't know what time it is when you eat, so it doesn't metabolize food any differently at night than it does in the morning.
True or False: If you're not active or exercising after eating a meal or snack, the food you eat will turn into body fat.
Explanation: Your body is constantly burning calories to perform physiological functions that keep your body alive and healthy (digestion, respiration, brain activity, etc.), so your body needs fuel from food and uses it all day long, even if you're not physically active. This is called your Resting Metabolic Rate, and it "runs" even when you're asleep.
Which of the following actions will help prevent your body from storing calories as fat?
A - Being as physically active as possible throughout the day
B - Eating every 3-4 hours
C - Limiting carbohydrates and fat
D - Eating more protein
All of the above
A and B only
A, B and D only
Explanation: Being physically active can boost your metabolism and eating at regular intervals can help prevent your body from storing calories you eat as fat. It's wise to eat moderate, not low, amounts of carbohydrates and healthy fats. Eating more protein than your body needs can result in fat storageóany type of calorie (from protein, fat or carbs) can be stored as fat.
Which type of food can be stored as body fat?
A - Carbohydrates
B - Fat
C - Protein
All of the above
A and B only
Explanation: Put simply, too much of any type of food can result in weight gain.
You logged extra time on the treadmill this morning and weighed yourself after. The scale dropped 2 pounds. Why?
You burned 2 pound of fat during your workout
You lost 2 pounds of water from sweating
Either of the above could be correct
Explanation: Weight loss isn't immediate. If you weigh less directly after a workout it's because you've lost some water weight through sweating--not because you instantly lost fat.
True or False: If people only ate healthy foods like fruits and vegetables they would never gain weight.
Explanation: Even healthy foods can result in weight gain. Although better for you than processed foods in a lot of ways, too much of anything--even fruits and vegetables--can result in weight gain. It's all about calories in vs. calories out. That said, the calories you do eat should come from the healthiest, most nutritious choices possible
It takes 3,500 calories to gain one pound. If you eat 3,500 calories in one day, will you gain a pound?
Explanation: It takes an extra 3,500 calories above the normal 2,000 or so calories your body needs daily to gain just 1 pound! So if your body needs (and therefore uses) 2,000 calories a day, you'd need to eat 5,500 calories to gain one pound.
If you overeat by quite a bit one day, what should you do to prevent weight gain?
Balance it out by cutting way back on calories and doing a lot of extra exercise the next day
Make small adjustments in eating and exercise over a week's time, so that your calorie count for the whole week comes out about right
Explanation: Your body doesn't handle extremes very well, so this is a case where two wrongs don't make a right. Going too low to "correct" the problem could result in losing muscle instead of fat, or cause other nutritional problems, for example. If you balance the calories you eat (and burn) throughout a weeklong period, your weight should remain stable.
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