5 Reasons Why Scales Suck & Won’t Help With Weight Loss
In my opinion, one of the worst ways to measure your weight loss progress is using the scale. If you weight yourself religiously, you’re only setting yourself up for a roller-coaster of emotions.
Just because you’re losing weight, doesn’t mean that you’re losing fat. Conversely, just because you’re weighing more, doesn’t mean you’re getting fatter.
Here’s an interesting fact: Only around 15% – 30% of your body weight is comprised of actual fat. The rest of it is organs, muscles, bones, etc.
Here’s my top 5 reasons scales aren’t accurate:
1. Sodium and Carbohydrates – Basically, the higher the sodium content in the food you eat, the more water your body will hold. This is because salt has a dehydrating effect on your body. This makes your body say “since I’m not getting enough water, I’m going to hold on to as much as I can!”
Carbohydrates have a similar effect. Every excess gram of carbohydrate holds about 2.8 grams of water. This means you will weight more on the scale, but doesn’t mean you’ve necessarily gotten fatter.
2. Stress – The more stressed out you are, the more likely you are to retain more water and fat. Women’s time of the month can also add stress and you may weight more do to the bloating effect that is can have.
3. Time of the Day – You weight less right when you wake up compared to if you weighed yourself before you went to bed. Your weight can actually fluctuate as much as 8 pounds throughout the day. So if you must insist on weighing yourself as a primary way to gauge progress, make sure you do it at the same time of day each time.
4. Scale Accuracy – How accurate is your scale? Is it calibrated correctly? Also, try not to use multiple scales. They could all give you different readings. Do your best to be consistent and use the same scale each time you weight yourself.
5. Muscle – It’s quite possible for beginners to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. This will lead to almost no change on the scale, you might even gain weight. However, this does not mean you’re getting fatter. This is important to keep in mind so you don’t get discouraged when the scale weight doesn’t go down.
Stay on the lookout for my 3 BEST ways to track your progress.
**Spoiler: the scale is NOT one of them!**