By Amanda Venus Abdelrahman
"It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!” – Steve Maraboli
"I would like to be the first man in the gym business to throw out my scale. If you don't like what you see in the mirror, what difference does it make what the scale says?" – Vince Gironda
There are few things that can create so much damage on someone’s fat loss journey as the number on the weight scale. What is nothing more than something to tell you how much you weigh, one of several tools to measure progress, seems to cause more issues in promoting health than it relieves! People stress over it excessively and unnecessarily reading too much into minor fluctuations in weight which usually occur from glycogen stores and water weight.
The number on the scale does not mean much at all. A person can look very different at the same bodyweight. The scale does not measure body fat alone, as it also accounts for muscle, bone/organ tissue, water, etc. Using the scale as your sole measurement of progress for aesthetics and health is not very reliable. The number on the scale does not dictate how your body will actually function and look.
Better ways to track progress:
1. Taking pictures of yourself: Taking photographs in the same or similar position, lighting and clothing ( that is form fitting and/or shows skin) every two weeks is a good way to track progress. You will be able to see what areas appear to be changing, and will be able to see those changes gradually taking place.
2. Circumference and Body Fat Percentage: This is a much better way to track your progress. Body composition and measuring tape can be more useful as far as tools for monitoring progress.
3. How do you feel?: Are you losing weight but feel terrible, moody, depressed, and cold? Track your meals and record how you feel before and after to see what foods are helping you and which are hurting you.