Why Your Scale Could Be Lying To You!
The number on the scale is just that, a number. How accurate is it when it comes to measuring your health?
I get asked all the time, “Does muscle weigh more than fat?” There’s a perception out there that muscle weighs more than fat. Is it true?
The truth is, muscle DOES NOT weigh more than fat. A pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle.
What people MEAN to say is that muscle is more DENSE than fat. So, a handful of muscle would weigh more than a handful of fat.
Why does this matter when you weigh yourself? It’s pretty obvious, the more muscle you have on your body, the more you will weigh.
This is important to keep in mind, especially if you get caught up in what the scale says, like most people do.
Muscle is good, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn each day, along with several other benefits.
You want to make sure you’re losing fat, not just weight in general. How do you measure this?
For most people, the most cost-effective way to do this is with fat calipers. You can buy a pair online for around $8 or so.
This device measure the thickness of your skinfolds at different locations on your body, then you use a formula to estimate your body fat percentage. I’ll make a future post about this going into more detail.
Keeping track of your body fat percentage combined with the scale weight is an effective way to measure your progress. Try not to rely on just the scale — it could bring you down or get you frustrated.
And keep in mind, just because you lose weight, doesn’t mean you’re losing fat!