The number on the scale, why should it matter?! I’m the type of person that DOES NOT like to step on the scale. I have seen the number on the scale torment too many people. Too many people that have to control the number on the scale, some in unhealthy ways that manifested into eating disorders. What the number on the scale IS has dictated how they feel about themselves. I never wanted to identify myself with a NUMBER. But, recently I went to the doctor, and I saw a number I didn’t want to see. In my mind, I was ten pounds lighter. By all means, the doctor didn’t say I was fat or anything of the sort, but for me, it was a reality that I was heavier than in the past. Instead of getting down about it, I used it to motivate and educate myself.
I don’t want to freak about the number on the scale. Never have, never will. I also re-confirmed with the doctor that I was of healthy weight, and the Dr. confirmed. This is all the clarity that I needed. The way I determine if I am more “ fluffy” than normal is how tight my clothes fit. I will also try on my tiniest shorts because I know even at my smallest weight they are a little bit snugger. I could feel the difference in my clothes; the scale was just the topping on my cake. But, will I obsess about the number on the scale? NO. I don’t think that it is healthy. Will I be stepping on a scale anytime soon? Nope. I only step on it at the doctor’s office. I like it this way.
The scale is just a number, and I don’t believe it’s the best tool in determining your health. There is a LOT of “grey” areas when you look at the scale. Several factors contribute to that number on the scale you see. For adults, BMI is a HUGE FACTOR. That’s your Body Mass Index. What it is, is the measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. You can quickly compute these using the internet. I used this website https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm. Not going to lie as soon as I saw the number on the scale I came home and just checked mine. I was within the range of a “normal weight adult.”
The thing to be conscious about when using your BMI to determine if your healthy or not is to know that your BMI does not differentiate your body fat and your muscle fat. This is HUGE, for an athlete. I am one. Think about it. Athletes tend to have more muscle mass from training and competing. FAT-FREE MASS Index is a better indication on the health of your body. FMI calculates your body fat to give you a realistic depiction of your muscle mass. This is essential for athletes calculating this routinely is better judgment than a scale to determine your progress. I used this website, http://www.naturalphysiques.com/28/fat-free-mass-index-ffmi. Again, after entering my information, I was within range.
If you are a person who works out, you can easily be alarmed by the number on the scale. Muscle weighs more than FAT. Your muscles are dense and compact, and take up tiny cavities in your body. The more muscles you have increases the chance you may see the number on the scale rise. The number on the scale isn’t always indicative of how healthy you are as a person. Each person has their own makeup. Their body composition will make them appear a certain way on the outside. Body composition is composed of three key components. The three key components are water, fat, and lean body mass (organs, bone, and muscle).
There are specific pieces of your composition that you can’t change. Think along the lines of the weight of your organs or your bones. Those you CAN’T change. Water weight CAN cause spikes on the scale. The more water you drink and retain the larger number you could potentially see on the scale. Using a body composition scale is ideal because it provides percentages of your composition. Even the time of day effects the number you see on the scale. If you step on the scale in the morning, you are likely to see a smaller number than if you would in the afternoon or evening. Reason being is your body has had time to rid waste, digest food, and rest. At night you tend to see a larger number on the scale because you’ve eaten throughout the day and have hydrated yourself. From morning to night you could fluctuate between 2 and 4 pounds. After eating it could put a couple of ounces on the scale of even a few pounds.
So, information overload right?! My point in mentioning all of the above is that a scale isn’t always your best source. This is why I don’t USE one. This is why I don’t like to pay attention to the scale when I am weighed at the doctor’s office. I want it to go in one ear and out the other. If you are truly at a health risk because of your weight, your doctor will advise you. From there you can make changes and a plan. But, in the meantime, if you have a little extra “ fluff,” so be it! If you see a little extra weight on the scale, guess what? So be it.
The real question is, are you comfortable in your clothes? Are you comfortable in your skin? Do you feel healthy? Are your energy levels normal? Do you experience any symptoms that indicate you could not be healthy? If you can define all of these in a positive light, then that scale DOESN’T MATTER. Don’t over analyze the number on the scale! Think about all the factors that make up that number. Don’t get discouraged! Keep on, keeping on. Continue with positive praise of your body. Love your body for what it is. Not someone else’s, but for yours. The areas on your body that make you, YOU. Lead a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. If you do all of this, then again, that scale doesn’t MATTER. And to me it never did, so why would I start today?
If you feel you MUST have a scale, then I think the body composition scale is your BETTER option. I’ve included a couple of options. One low range, and one on the higher range.
- LOW RANGE - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0020MMCDE?ie=UTF8
- HIGH RANGE - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0178KF55E?ie=UTF8
My second option will be a BMI scale if you FEEL you have to have one.
Love your bodies like I love mine. Now that I’m cleared and healthy, those 10 pounds are okay! All I’m going to do is continue to work out and eat right! Results NEVER happen over-night. Results take consistency. A consistent work out regime, and healthy diet.
LOVE YOUR SKIN!
Kisses and Hugs,