For many, a scale is a sign of dread. You pull out your dusty scale that hibernates under your bed, and put your weight on it, one step at a time. You watch the numbers go up and down, while you hold your breath and hope it’s lower than the number in your head.

It’s time to break that habit. You shouldn’t fear the scale.

The Scale is Not a Doctor

Group ExerciseSometimes, weight is just a number. A low number is not the epitome of health and a high number doesn’t equate to obesity. Everyone’s healthy weight is different. Scales don’t measure fitness, strength, or eating habits. Your scale shouldn’t tell you how to live your life—for that, see your doctor.

It Will Unconsciously Affect Your Eating Habits

If you like the number you see, you might treat yourself to a rich portion of dessert because you earned it. If you don’t like the number you see, you might skip a meal or choose something ‘healthier’. Neither of these are beneficial to your health. Eating healthy is all about balance. It’s not binge eating one day and fasting the next. It’s about creating a healthy eating routine that fits your lifestyle. Don’t let the scale tell you what you can and cannot eat. It doesn’t know you like that.

Strength TrainingScales Don’t Measure Muscle

If the ultimate goal is to burn body fat, your scale won’t help you. Losing weight doesn’t equate to burning fat. If you want to burn fat, you need to build muscle. This means lifting weights or strength conditioning. Building muscle may cause a higher number on the scale. This is a good thing! If you’re new to weight lifting, try our Women on Weights program or attend a Boot Camp!

Scales Aren’t Entirely Accurate

There are a lot of factors that can affect your weight. Water intake, sleep patterns, eating schedules, etc. If your scale is on an uneven floor, it will affect the number you see. If your scale is on carpet or hardwood, it will affect the number you see. Scales have a certain unpredictability to them—don’t rely on the number you see.