I encourage everyone to do their ‘after’ measurements because, after all, it’s just a status of that particular day. What the scale says the following day, what the body fat will be 3 days later might be an entirely different story. Our bodies change every day. Especially women’s bodies undergo quite some crazy fluctuations. Just take hormonal changes. It’s not uncommon to gain five pounds of bloat before your period. That sure doesn’t feel or look good, but it is what it is (there are ways to counteract that…). If you’re dehydrated your body fat is higher, if you just exercised or had caffeine before measuring, it can also affect the numbers. Keep in mind that just because today the scale wasn’t very friendly to you that doesn’t define you. It is just a number and that number is meant to tell you whether you’re on the right track or wasting your time eating donuts.
Here’s how to deal with the scale:
- Look at the number and then measure your body fat (the number on the scale alone is useless). You may want to order yourself the Omron, handheld body fat tester for less than $30 and measure your inches.
- If your body fat has dropped – good job. Your diet has been clean to promote fat loss.
- If you have gained muscle – good work. You are getting leaner and increasing your metabolism and fat burning. Your clothes fit better.
- If you have lost inches – amazing! Another sign you are getting leaner and building muscle. Muscle makes you leaner – not bulkier (unless you spend hours a day in the gym performing 6-12 sets of the same exercise and eat plenty of calories to support muscle growth).
- If your waist is smaller, your pants fit better, you have eaten a clean diet. You have cut out sugar and starches, laid off the booze and concentrated on lean protein and veggies. It always shows first in the stomach area and arms.