You’ve been eating well and exercising all week long, so when you wake up in the morning; it’s natural that you’ll hop on the old scale to see your effort melting off the pounds. However, if the total staring back at you is not what you expected, it can thwart your healthy attempts in their tracks. That’s why it’s important to know that the scale only displays weight loss and not total fitness progress (i.e., muscle gain, inches lost). I know it’s difficult not to get stuck on numbers alone, but remember, your scale is not telling you the whole truth when it comes to your health.
Here are eight important factors your scale does not display…
1. Total Muscle Mass
If you’ve read up on how to lose weight while remaining healthy, you must have read somewhere that muscle mass weighs more than body fat mass. It’s true, many individuals who add muscle mass early on frustrated when they see the number increase after decreasing for weeks on the scale. However, keep in mind that if you’ve been working out via resistance training, those extra couple pounds are likely muscle gains—and muscle increases the rate at which you burn calories (by increasing your metabolism).