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MYTH: Scale weight is the only way to measure progress


MYTH: Scale weight is the only way to measure progress


Truth: Frequent use of the weighing scale to judge weight loss does not give a true picture about your weight loss. Reduced weight on the scale may be indicative of either loss of water, muscle or fat. The loss of water and muscle from the body will give a false belief of having lost fat.


When you're weighing yourself, you're also weighing every cell in your body, as well as water, fat and muscle, so again, the scale really doesn't matter, because it isn't an accurate measure of your progress.


For example: If you're losing inches but maintaining your weight and you regularly strength train, you may actually be losing fat and gaining muscle. The process of gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time is called body recomposition. Most scales don't differentiate between the amounts of body fat and muscle you have.


Instead of focus on scale weight, focus on lean body mass improvements, ability to perform some movements, energy during the day, how clothes fits, sleep quality, overall vitality.


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