Even though scales seem to provide precise measurements, they can often give a deceptive picture, particularly regarding a woman’s weight. In this episode, Jen discusses the various factors that contribute to the unreliability of scales.

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SHOWNOTES

Scales, the devices many women trust to monitor their weight, often offer a misleading view of reality. Despite seeming accuracy, scales can deceive for several reasons, failing to provide a true reflection of a woman’s weight.

  1. Fluids: Hormonal changes, high salt intake, or the menstrual cycle can lead to temporary water retention, causing a weight increase that doesn’t accurately reflect body fat.
  2. Muscle vs. Fat: Muscle is denser than fat. Women engaging in strength training or resistance exercises may gain muscle mass. This beneficial change in composition can result in a higher scale number despite a reduction in body fat percentage.
  3. Time of Day: Weight naturally fluctuates throughout the day, often showing lower numbers in the morning compared to the evening. This is due to variations in food intake, hydration levels, and physical activity, influencing scale readings based on the timing of weigh-ins.
  4. Clothing: The weight of clothing can add kilograms to the body’s total weight. Weighing oneself fully dressed may not accurately reflect actual body weight.
  5. Inaccurate Placement: Placing the scale on an uneven surface can cause inaccurate readings. For consistent and reliable measurements, the scale should be on a flat, stable surface. Incorrect placement can lead to misleading weight readings.
  6. Emotional and Psychological Factors: Emotional states and psychological health can affect scale numbers. Stress, anxiety, or mood shifts can influence water retention and food intake, altering short-term body weight.
  7. Variability in Body Composition: Differences in body composition, such as bone density, body shape, and muscle-to-fat distribution, cause weight reading variances. Two women of the same weight may have different compositions, leading to distinct appearances and health profiles.

What to Do Instead

Encouraging clients to focus on how they feel in their clothes rather than the scale provides a more reliable indicator of balance and health. Advising against the exclusive use of elastic-waisted clothing helps avoid the trap of not noticing when clothes become tight, promoting a more mindful and balanced approach to body awareness.

HEALTHY LIFE HACKS

The Healthy Life Hacks I want to share with you today are:

  1. Share with someone who would benefit.

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