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3 Reasons Your Scale Is A Dirty Little Liar!

Updated on July 26, 2011

Today your suspicions shall be confirmed. Well, sort of. Have you ever had that errier feeling in the back of your mind when you step on the scale and it says you weigh 5 pounds heavier than yesterday? And then you freak out because you don’t know what the heck is going on, so you practically starve yourself the next day for the scale to not even move a centimeter the next day.

What the heck is going on?!

It makes you want to smash this scale against the wall like a raging savage monster... simply out of frustration. You think... “this is scale is messing with me!”

It’s not your fault. The truth is, your scale is, in fact, doing its job of measuring how much you weigh. The issue is in the fact that only half of what needs to be measured is being measured.

1 Weight Fluctuates For A Number Of Reasons

Water retention, food in the digestive tract, blood, clothing... there are many different factors that go into measuring how much you weigh. This is why you must measure yourself under the same exact conditions to get a good *estimate*. Also, measure yourself only once every week. That way if you happen to have more or less water in your system from day to day, you won’t be as frustrated. A week between measuring is best to see if progress is made or not.

2 Not Every Scale Operates The Same Way

Every scale is built differently, and because of that, they oftentimes show different results from each other. One scale might say that you are 170 pounds, while another says 178. For someone who is working his or her butt off to lose weight, seeing that you might have 'gained' weight will be extremely disheartening - especially when the problem lies within the scale that you are using.

So use the same scale every time you measure yourself.

3 Scales Leave You Half Blind

This is because the scale is measuring how much you weigh in total. To measure accurately it helps to know how much lean mass you have compared with hoe much fat you have. This way you are using your scale in a very specific way. It becomes just one tool in measuring your progress.

The other tool is caliper that measures body fat percentage. With a scale AND a caliper you can hone in how much FAT you’ve lost. How much you weight doesn’t even matter anymore. After all, your more concerned with how much fat you have.

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