Whenever one is beginning their fitness or wellness journey it is human nature and instinct to step onto the scale to see where they stand. Of course it is great to get a baseline of where you are at, but the number on the scale is not telling you the whole story on your true body composition.
Here are 5 Reasons as to why you should throw your scale away:
The scale does not take into account water retention. You can lose and gain fluid each day. Between the specific foods you are eating, how much water you are drinking, how much waste you are getting rid of, and how much you are sweating through exercise - this fluctuation can be as much as 5.5lbs per day.
The scale is not telling you how much lean mass you have. Your lean mass helps fuel your metabolism and keeps you body working at a more efficient rate. For the average female, we like to see between 100-110 lbs of lean mass, and for the average male between 125-140 lbs of lean mass.
The scale is stressing you out. It can be easy to get fixated on a number, which can ultimately make you stress out when you are not seeing the exact number you want. Changing your body composition takes time, commitment, and dedication to the process. High cortisol levels can cause you to hold onto your weight and not see the results you want in the long term.
The scale is not giving you accurate feedback on how well your clothes may be fitting. When many begin their journey we will hear the following, “The scale isn’t moving, but I was able to fit into jeans I haven’t been able to since my college years.”
The scale is not telling you how strong you are. Were you able to lift 5 or 10 pounds more than the week before, or have you improved your one rep max from a month before? Those again, are also wins that the scale does not give an accurate view of.
We encourage our members and other fitness & wellness professionals we partner with to utilize a DEXA Scan to give you an accurate measure of body composition. A DEXA Scan will give you an accurate view of the amount of lean mass and fat mass you have, body fat percentage, and bone density.
The next time you think to step on the scale remember the 5 reasons as to why it should get thrown away!
Written By: Megan Osysko