Overeating isn't all that hard to do. Whether it's during stretches of holiday celebrations, big birthday extravaganzas, or just an indulgent weekend, overeating is something that can happen to most people. It's also often fairly easy to extend that one meal or one day of indulgence to multiple days and decadent eating. Although most people know that overeating for long stretches of time isn't all that healthy, there are some surprisingly bad things that happen when you overeat two days in a row that you might not expect.
The number of meals you should eat each day vary from expert to expert. But I think most people know instinctively when they've overeaten, something that occur from eating too many unhealthy or healthy foods. The thing is, many experts believe that overeating and indulging from time to time isn't as big of a deal as some people are led to believe. Registered dietitian Abby Langer told Shape that overeating every once in a while isn't the end of the world, because your body is good at maintaining the status quo. As long as you don't make it a daily habit over a longer stretch of time, everything should be fine. Getting back on track after a day or two (or a couple more, it happens) is important, however it might not mean what you'd think. Registered dietitan Ashvini Mashrutold Self that following overeating up with under-eating in an effort to correct for any perceived damage you may have done is not the right way to go about it. Instead, focusing on eating healthfully to rebound after overeating is the best plan of action.
That being said, if you do overeat two days in a row, you probably won't feel like your best self the following few days. In an effort to keep the indulgent days in check, here are a few things that can happen when you overeat a few days in a row.