What Your Scale Doesn't Tell You Your bathroom scale doesn’t have a lot of personality. It won’t sit by your side as you watch reruns of Sex and the City, it can’t tell a joke, and won’t throw you that surprise birthday party you were hoping for. It is a good listener – but it doesn’t offer much insight though. All kidding aside, the bathroom scale was designed to do one thing – tell you what you weigh. The only problem with that is that it doesn’t really give you the whole picture. It Doesn’t Count Muscle Mass The scale only cares about the pressure applied to the top – your weight. It’d be nice if it asked you a few questions about your personality, body type, sex, and medical condition to give the number a little context. The problem with the scale is that, all other things being equal, those with more muscle mass will weigh more. Even more than those with an equivalent amount of fat cells replacing the muscle. You could be going hard at the gym over the past month, and your weight could actually be going up! That’s what muscle gain does. It Doesn’t Count Water Retention If you weigh yourself in the morning, and then again at night, you’ll almost certainly weigh different amounts. Throughout the day, you eat, drink, sweat and make bowel movements. All of these actions add and subtract to your body weight. The fluctuations that take place are mostly due to hydration and body water retention. The scale doesn’t account for water weight at all. In a single day, your weight can vary up from 5 to 7 pounds just from water! There are many other things that can cause temporary weight gain. Eating salty foods for example. They can cause you to temporarily add a few extra pounds as your body retains water to deal with the excess salt. Your scale doesn’t know it yet, but that weight is going to be gone just as quick as it appeared. If you’re watching your weight daily, this can be a real problem. Most healthy weight loss programs suggest a good weight loss regimen is 1 to 2 pounds a week. That means in a single day, in can appear that your body weight fluctuates enough to show the difference between zero and 6 weeks of weight loss work. It’s all just temporary though. Using The Scale For most of us, the scale should be part of a big-picture view of our overall health. You don’t need to step on the scale every day. It’s not going to tell you much. Unless you’re on a very specific exercise program, stepping on it every week or two will give you a much better overall idea of where you’re at. If you must use it every day, try to keep the same routine going for the most accurate results. For example, try to weigh yourself in the morning as soon as you wake up, after your morning hygiene routines, and before you eat. This will give you a good snapshot if you always do it this way every day. Next time you step on the scale, just remember, it’s probably not telling you the whole story. About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn It's always free to have a profile - join now and enjoy your 1st 30 days as a Premium member on us, no credit card required!