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Scales can't tell you everything...


Posted by Cags R under General on 26 December 2012 at 12:00 AM

Did you eat a lot yesterday and then look at your weight on the scales with disgust? With the right combination of food, booze and a little friendly competition with your family over the last pig-in-a-blanket, it's easy to pile on the pounds on Christmas day. But what can the scales actually tell you?

Stay off the scales

It's ok if today you weigh 5 pounds more than you did on the 24th - so long as your Christmas day stuffing was an anomaly in a usually well balanced diet. Your weight - which is effected by water weight and food weight - is not a good indicator of your health and fitness. Even if you know you have a high body fat percentage (tests such as skin-fold, hydrostatic testing and mirrors are all good ways to see if your body fat is high) changes to your body which will occur through training and better diet will not be reflected accurately on the scales! 

If you feel you're plateauing in your weight loss progress, try thinking about your fitness progression instead - can you run faster? Can you lift heavier? Can you cycle further? All of these factors are better indicators of your health and fitness levels than the number you will see on the scales.

In the end, your weight is quite simply the cumulative number of your fat, muscle, bone, cartilegde and organs - it will never tell you what the proportions of these things are from that one number!

Take the Challenge to Stay off the scales for 21 days and see if you can improve your fitness, mental happiness and waistline in that time!