Fact: Your Scale is Lying to You
As a personal trainer, one of the events that takes place during my day is the dreaded “weigh-in” for my clients. Although I say dreaded, some really like hopping on the scale and even blow past me to get there first to boast about their success. Then you have the other side of the spectrum. These clients fall into one of two categories:
- People who know before they get on the scale that they’re not going to set any new weight loss records. They are well aware that they haven’t put in the work needed for the results.
- People who work hard and still get discouraged. This second group is a whole different story. A person from this category has 4-5 gym check-ins a week, eats great, and overall does exactly what is asked of them so they can achieve their fitness goals. These same people walk up to the scale prematurely discouraged because they undoubtedly think that their weight is up or it has stayed the same.
You may be reading this and saying, “Yea! Of course they’re upset!” Well, for those of you with that mindset, I would like to share a secret… the scale is lying!
But that’s crazy, right? It’s not and I’ll tell you why. Society has led us to believe that we need to weigh a certain amount to have the perfect physique. When truthfully, there are so many different body types that there is no “perfect weight”.
Here’s an example of how weight can be deceiving. Woman #1 is 5’5 and 118 pounds, and woman #2 is 5’5 and 135 pounds. Which is in better shape? Well, if you’re like most, you picked woman #1. Unfortunately, I must tell you you’re wrong. In this scenario, woman #2 is the leaner and more toned of the two. “What? Woman #2? You just clearly stated she weighs almost 20lbs more than woman #1,” you may say.
Let me explain. Woman #1 may weigh less than woman #2, but her overall body fat percentage is significantly higher. What this means is that woman #1 has more fat on her as opposed to woman #2, who is made of more muscle mass, thus causing a leaner physique and higher weight.
There you have it! The number on the scale isn’t always giving you the whole story. To get the best understanding of where you stand physically, check your body fat more times than you hop on the scale! It’s a hard habit to break, but you’ll feel more aware of yourself and what you really need to have as your primary focus — your body fat percentage!
Come into Gold’s Gym in Douglasville (Hospital Drive) and let one of our trainers show you what the scale is really telling you!
Betsy Stevens NCCPT