Can a slice of cake make me gain weight overnight?
I am on a diet as I want to lose the weight that it has been bothering me for a long time and I am doing well. The number I see on the scales pleases me but occasionallyI want to eat something sweet. When I do so, the scales goes up. Why? Am I losing weight or not? Do I gain fat when I eat sweets?
If you are on a weight loss journey or regularly eat a healthy diet and rarely indulge in sweets, when you go for the cake, the next day you weigh yourself and you regret that you ate it. I have good news for you! You did not gain weight :) The jump on the scale is due to water weight, not fat.
When you are on a deficit or eat specific food, you are most likely to reduce your carb intake. Your body always has room to store more glycogen (polysaccharide. It consists of tens of thousands of glucose molecules that form branched chains. Its preferred energy source.)
When you eat a slice of cake or something sweet (which is full of carbohydrates), the body automatically stores it as glycogen. 1 gram of glycogen holds onto 3-4 grams of water. So the higher number on the scales overnight is not really fat or actual weight.
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