0

Your Cart is Empty

3 Reasons Your Scale Is Useless

February 02, 2014 4 min read

We've all been there, weighing in only to find that the number on the scale has gone up not down. You think to yourself... "But I ate so well this week" or "I worked out really hard every day this week!" You've probably even been told by friends that muscle weighs more than fat and you're just gaining muscle. Which is true, but it's not the entire story. Keep reading to find out the other ways your scale can be fooled.

What fools your scale

Salt

A single teaspoon of salt contains our entire daily recommended intake of sodium which is 1,000 to 3,000 mg. If you're eating processed foods, you can easily go over that amount, even if you're avoiding the foods that are traditionally salty like chips. Sodium is an electrolyte that our bodies use to conduct the electrical signals that keep our body functioning. If we have too high a concentration of electrolytes in our blood, our body will give us the thirst signal and hold on to any water it can to get the water/electrolyte balance back to where it should be.... hence the water retention. To avoid water retention, stick to foods on the perimeter of the grocery store like fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood, and organic full-fat dairy.

Glycogen

Glycogen is how your body stores carbohydrates to use later if needed. Glycogen needs water to be stored by the body. Glycogen and the required water is stored in your liver and muscles and the two combined can weigh upwards of 4 pounds. During the day, your body will use your glycogen stores if you don't eat enough carbohydrates. When you first begin a diet and exercise routine, this is the initial 5 pounds you lose... not fat. If you were to eat an overabundance of carbs, your body would restore it's glycogen stores once your body's energy needs were met. This is why following a crash diet (such as a juice cleanse), most people gain all the weight back. This is the principle that low carb diets use to help you lose weight. Once your glycogen stores are depleted, your body will use fat as fuel. If you continue to eat low carb, your body will store only as much glycogen as is needed to ensure proper organ and brain function while continuing to use fat as the primary fuel for daily activities

Food

The final way that your scale can be tricked is by the food you eat and the liquids you drink. Right after you eat and drink, what you've consumed sits in your stomach undigested. The weight of the food and liquids you've eaten would show up on the scale along with the actual weight of your body. One pound is 16 oz, so that 16 oz glass of water you chugged for your health just prior to stepping on the scale will show up as an extra pound. This is why we're told to weigh first thing in the morning, before we've had anything to eat or drink (and while our glycogen stores are low).

What to track instead

So, how do we keep track of our progress if the scale is unreliable? Here's how I keep track:

Body measurements

Go buy a tailor's tape and keep track of your measurements. The standard areas to track are:
  • Midsection- right across your belly button
  • Hips- at the widest part
  • Thigh- again, at the widest part
  • Chest- Just below your breasts... or pecs if your a guy
You can also track your neck and biceps measurements for a complete picture.

Clothing

This one is all about how your clothes are fitting. Is the waistband of your favorite jeans getting tight? Are the sleeves of your shirt getting tight? Did you have to buy a bigger size the last time you shopped for clothing?

Visual

A great way to keep track of your progress is through pictures, so take out your cell phone and start taking those selfies. Take full length photos of yourself from the front, side, and back. Try to wear the same outfit for each progress photo. It also helps if you make a conscious effort to "suck it in", that way you won't get false results if in one photo you're sucking it in and another photo you're not.

Fit test

Give yourself a fit test, and keep track of it in a notebook. How many push ups can you do to exhaustion? How many burpees can you do in a minute? There may be times where you're not seeing any improvement in the other areas, but you will be stronger and able to do more than you previously could, so keep track! Hopefully this information will help keep you pushing through those plateaus! Do you track your progress in other ways? Tell me in the comments. :) Pamela Sources: Photo by: -Paul H- is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Leave a comment


Also in BodyRock Store Blog

Image of Bodyrock blog article - What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?
What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?

July 14, 2019 3 min read

Do you think your booty looks a little flat? This might be why!
Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day
12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day

July 08, 2017 4 min read

Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks
7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks

June 22, 2017 2 min read

Do you ever find yourself knuckle-deep in a bag of Cheetos?
Read More

Become a Bodyrocker

Shipping & Delivery
Fast, 2 Day Shipping.
We want you to start your fitness journey with us as quickly as possible, that’s why we send every package to the USA via 2 day expedited shipping with our partners at FEDEX. Once your order is received and processed, it’s just 2 days to get to you once it leaves our warehouse. That’s our commitment and we stand by it.

 

We ship within Canada and the United States via FedEx with expedited 2-Day shipping.

For locations outside of the US and Canada, we ship using FedEx International, which is usually in transit for 5-7 business days, depending on location.

We ship all of our physical products with FedEx, from our warehouse location in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Signatures are required on all orders.

Returns & Exchanges

BodyRock Equipment

We offer a 30-day return policy, as long as: it is not more than 30 days past the date of delivery; and your item is in its original condition and packaging with the original order number. Refunds will be issued when the equipment is received back to the BodyRock warehouse, minus the original cost of shipping, and the customer is responsible for the costs of return shipping. To request a refund on physical product purchases, please contact us.

Digital Products

We cannot issue refunds on digital goods such as e-books or videos, as these are non-tangible goods that are irrevocable once the order is placed.

Clothing

All of the BodyRock clothing is made to order and so is final sale. If you have any questions about sizing prior to placing your order, please contact us.