Why the Scale is Misleading You in Regards to Fat Loss
Fat loss can be one of the most difficult things we ever have to do in our lifetime. For fat loss to be successful, one must be committed to it. It also includes eating a healthy and balanced diet and daily exercise – usually a combination of cardiovascular activities and strength training program.
There are different ways of monitoring your weight loss, the most popular of which is by using scales. It is widely believed that the scale can tell people exactly how much weight, in terms of pounds or kilos, they have lost or gained. Yes, it is indeed a good way to measure your progress but it should never be the only measure you use to monitor your progress. In fact, many experts will tell you that scales can be misleading when it comes to telling you your weight loss progress. Obsessing on how much you’ve already lost can even lead to more harm than good. It can lead you to unhealthy behaviors such as starving yourself just so the number on the scale will tell you that you’ve lost weight. If there is no dip on the scale it does not necessarily mean you are wasting your time doing your weight loss program.
Below are some of the reasons why the scale is misleading in regards to fat loss:
Body weight tends to rise and fall on a daily basis since it is influenced by many factors including water loss or retention, bowel movement, stomach and bladder content, muscle and fat loss or gain. So, if you wake up the next day and find out that you’ve gained weight, do not be alarmed. It may be because of the factors stated above.
It is best to understand that the scale will not tell you how much fat you may have lost or muscle you may have gained.
The numbers on the scale can only measure the fluctuations in stored carbohydrates and water. If you consume more carbohydrates, chances are you will gain weight because of water retention.
Some scales are not accurate or consistent, especially those that can be bought for a very cheap price. If the scale is digital, the lifespan of the battery can also affect result.
Alternative Monitoring Measures
By using a fat caliper you will be able to monitor or track your fat loss. The best way to keep off fat is to engage in strength training, which will build lean muscle. Eating healthy food also plays a big role in fat loss. Refrain from eating junk foods or starchy carbs.
It is best to weigh yourself every 2 weeks and do a body fat test once a month to check your fat loss progress. Weighing on a daily basis will not help you achieve your goals and will lead to frustration and zap your motivation. Body fat measurement is best used when assessing your fat loss, lean muscle gain and the effectiveness of your program. Please feel free to contact me here for a free body composition assessment and consultation