When trying to find out how much fat you’ve shed from all your weight loss efforts, the scale is not the most accurate measurement tool to use. Discover the inadequacies of the weighing scale and more reliable ways to measure fat loss.
You’re consistent in your diet and never skip a gym day, so you’re looking forward to the results of all your efforts. But how do you monitor results?
Most people step on the scale to track the results of their weight loss journey. There is nothing wrong about using this method, but there are more things you need to know about it.
Often, using the scale has caused women to give up on their weight loss journey in frustration. Next time you step on the scale, it’s essential to keep the following things in mind.
The Scale Measures Your Weight
First off, let’s be clear with the fact that the scale measures your body weight, and it doesn’t tell how much fat or muscle you have.
This fact is problematic. When starting a workout program, most women typically lose fat and gain muscle. It is not physiologically possible to convert fat into muscle, so naturally, their weight remains the same or even increases because it is their body composition that is changing.
Gaining more muscles is a good thing for women because it gives them all the right curves and gives them the energy to accomplish their daily activities. So, when you’ve been working out regularly and eating healthy, but you see the scale go up, do not fret. It is a good indication.
Factors Affecting Your Weight
It is also important to note that several factors affect your weight. You will see a few additional pounds on the scale after an intense workout which is caused by an inflammation called microtears. When your body is recovering from this microtrauma, it retains more fluids as a way of healing, but you’ll see the results of your hard work after a couple of days.
Your monthly period also affects the scale. Sometime during your 28-day cycle, you will be heavier due to water weight. We recommend that you monitor your weight according to your menstrual cycle. For example, measure your weight a week before your period this month, then compare it with your weight a week before your period next month. This comparison will show your actual progress.
Certain foods can also add a few pounds to your weight. If you’ve been working out and eating healthy but indulge in a cheat meal, you’ll probably gain a few pounds. Give it a day or two, and these additional pounds will be gone.
Stress and lack of sleep also impact your weight. People who don’t get enough sleep at night have more difficulty shedding off weight than those who do.
When you’ve decided to abandon the scale, there are other ways to track your fat loss results. You can rely on your body measurements, how your body looks, and how your clothes fit you.
How To Get The Most From The Scale
If you choose to use the scale, we recommend that you consider your weekly average instead of the daily numbers. Keep in mind that weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. Use the scale in conjunction with the other ways of measuring fat loss that we mentioned above, and you’re most likely to see more accurate results.
Written By Jeraine Aspiras.