Holiday Weight

Morning all,

This weeks #TrainingTips post is about that holiday weight we all put on when we head off on our holidays.

Whenever we have a break from our usual routine, like going on holiday, festive breaks and the like, we always end up by the end of it thinking that we’ve seriously over indulged and we’ve got a mountain of fat to lose because of it.

What if I told you that the extra weight you’ve gained and the increased waistline might not actually be fat at all?

Tis true.  I myself came back from the States, having massively over indulged.  Exercise and diet completely went out of the window and so it should I was on holiday.  But I came back with more than when I left and I don’t mean what I had in my suitcase either.  So many people believe this to be an increase in fat storage, well you’ll be pleased to know that this is not often the case.

In fact you’ll probably find it’s water retention and here’s why.

When we consume more than our usual fill of carbs than normal (all those treats and eating out is carb heaven) our body will unfortunately store the extra.

How come?  Well carbs are stored in our bodies in the form of glycogen and 1g of glycogen can store 3g of water.  So think about it, if you’ve been no saint (like me) while you’ve been away your body will have been storing more glycogen than normal and therefore more water too.  To actually gain the amount of weight most people do in actual fat is actually not an easy thing to do, possible but highly unlikely from a week or two away.

This is also why you see quick weight reductions in low carb diets.  Your body is using the stored glycogen and hence reducing the water your body can retain.  I’ve seen this in myself in only just a couple of weeks of being back, weight has normalised and waistline is pretty much back to normal (I have abs again).  Water retention can usually be the cause of temporary daily weight fluctuations too, so don’t get stressed if your weight does fluctuate from day to day.

Holiday Weight

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This doesn’t mean that when you come back from holiday you don’t have to workout and eat well to lose it though.  Coming back and normalising your diet and workout routine will soon see that post holiday body go back to normal.

 

Have a great weekend guys.

      

Stay strong and live, love and laugh!

Dan

 

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