Think Thin Thursday ~ What Your Scale Says to YOU May be a Lie

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

So many things can be untrue when your diet revolves around hopping on the scale once or more per day. What you're wearing, what you ate, how much you drink, the kind of food consumed and even the time of day can affect that silly number. When it does appear your whole day can be put on a cloud when it's less or drive you through hell for seeing more.

I remember being in the office one day when "the ladies" were talking about their successes and failures regarding weight loss. My belief was that 5 or 6 of them had joined the local gym and revelled in the minuscule amounts of weight they lost. When the conversation switched to weighing themselves in ounces I had to step in and contribute my two ounces.

So you step on the scale every day because you need a reason to keep on going then the unthinkable happens. Uh, Oh, you see that you are 7 pounds heavier. You're shocked seeing three weeks of effort down the drain. You cheated only once or twice. How could this happen? Repeat this scene a couple more times and pretty soon you are asking yourself "Why bother?"


STOP weighing yourself every day!


Here are the variables you are dealing with when you weigh yourself daily.

These are for dieters only who add no additional physical activity to compound their rate of success:

1 - Don't confuse weight loss with fat loss, they are totally separate entities. Thanks to our kidneys water easily comes and goes. "FAT" not so much!

2 - Use the scale as an indicator of weight loss only, it does NOT measure fat and is waiting to trick you into thinking you aren't succeeding.

3 - Weigh yourself at the same time of day and under the same conditions. Please don't make me go into detail here?

4 -  You would be amazed at how much water some carbohydrates and a little salt can hold onto. Exactly why Atkins type diets and paleo work so well is that they're protein rich.

If you add fitness with resistance training please know the following:

5 - Understand that muscle weighs considerably more than fat but takes up far less space. Therefore in a few months you could weigh the same and yet be much smaller overall. Your clothes will tell you all you need to know.

6 - It is recommended that you get a complete Muscle / Fat Analysis which includes your weight (preferably AM before eating), your skeletal muscle mass or SMM, body fat mass, your BMI (body mass index) and PBF, aka percent body fat. Body Weight is just a number, it's how you defeat your body fat percentage that is the telltale of success.


"The reason fat men are so good natured is

because they can neither fight nor run."

~ Theodore Roosevelt


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Comments (9)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Love your final quote. I was watching a documentary about my soccer team in the UK and was surprised how they weigh the players daily and adjust thier diet accordingly. Now they are training every day and the adjustments are to help them be at their best on match days but I still was surprised.

Jan 17, 2019 11:27 AM
Kevin J. May

Both fluid and food amounts are considered when you think about how many kilometers they'll be running during matches and training. So, so scientific it can no longer be overlooked. Teddy gets the credit for that quote. Thank You

Jan 17, 2019 11:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love your quote. and our Yoga teacher and Acupuncturist says, "The only time I run is when I am being chased, or when I chase a tennis ball."  We agree, running is not high on our list.  A

Jan 17, 2019 11:36 AM
Kevin J. May

I don't like to run either but I could use a little more spring in my steps. I'll be searching for it all throughout 2019 and beyond.

Jan 17, 2019 12:04 PM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I'm with the other commenters - that last quote is so on point!  The scale shouldn't be the enemy - that dang sugar is my enemy!

Jan 17, 2019 01:10 PM
Kevin J. May

Francine, in the U.S. it's bread that's the #1 Enemy but a sweet tooth ruins the plan also. 

Jan 18, 2019 08:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kevin- absolutely quit weighing yourself every day!!! It's like looking at the stock market every hour. 

Jan 18, 2019 10:00 AM
Kevin J. May

Memories of my Grandfather reading his ticker tape. He made a good living from it but I couldn't do it either.

Jan 18, 2019 07:00 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Kevin.  I have a love-hate relationship with my scale.  I do tend to use it too often.

Jan 21, 2019 04:57 AM
Kevin J. May

You are not alone Gabe. Now that the holidays are over keeping close tabs should be less of a concern for me.

Jan 21, 2019 11:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kevin - a scale has many variables as you wisely point out, while it's still viewed as an important number, weight alone is not the only measurement of physical fitness. 

Jan 24, 2019 03:40 AM
Kevin J. May

You're right! It's what's on the inside that matters.

Jan 24, 2019 07:20 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May I DO weigh myself every morning at the same time in the "same state".... and there's always a variable of 2 to 3 pounds.... I've been tested at the YMCA with the electrodes on and standing on a connected platform.... my BMI was 23.... my percentage of body fat was 18%.... I was very happy with all of it.... but I monitor everything.... 

Jan 24, 2019 06:59 AM
Kevin J. May

Im guessing you drink between 60 and 90 ounces of fluid a day. That 30 ounce differential can easily make up 2 pounds of weight. My advice: When you're thirsty drink something, water preferably, then fuhgeddaboudit.

Jan 24, 2019 07:19 AM
Barbara Todaro

I drink half my body weight in ounces of water everyday.... 65 ounces....  plus two cups of decaf and one cappuccino....  Kevin J. May 

Jan 24, 2019 08:00 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Kevin, such good advice. My clothes, especially around the waist tell me all I need to know. When they start getting a bit snug - I adjust my diet  ( already eat really clean - no sugar or simple carbs, maybe cut back on the glass or two of wine?  ) and remember to up my workout efforts. 

Jan 25, 2019 09:29 AM
Kevin J. May

Debb, as I read into the middle of your comment I was ecstatic to see "I adjust my diet" instead of I switched to an elastic waistband. Pour, pour you? Have an XCLNT weekend!

Jan 25, 2019 12:33 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I agree - and never use the scales.  You can torture yourself by doing that each day.

Jan 30, 2019 12:38 AM