Women and the weighing scale:
Women have an emotional relationship with the weighing scale. The number on the scale has the power to make or break your day. Does the scale paint a true picture of you ?
Does the scale know the time of the day that you are weighing yourself, what you have eaten, how much water you have taken in, how active you have been or if you are just pre or post menstrual ?
An ordinary weighing scale cannot understand your body composition. It only gives you the total body weight. So, how much of the weight is muscle and how much is fat ? Muscle occupies about 20 percent less space than fat. Hence, even if the weight on the scale does not move, you are already looking slimmer due to increased lean muscle mass and decreased body fat. How can the scale know the way you look and feel about yourself ?
Piece of advice- Don’t get caught up in numbers .Aim for what’s healthy for you, your body and what makes you feel good. Because we fluctuate so much day to day, and because regular strength exercises will see you gaining muscle, the scales should only be used as a guide, not the be all and end all.
Weekly weighing will help you understand if you are headed in the right direction. Do not stress too much about the number going up or down. Instead, pay close attention to how your clothes fit, how you appear in the mirror, and how you feel.