Why are scales so unreliable?

Weight is only one way to track progress … and it’s probably the most unreliable. Why?


Well it only measures weight, which fat is just one component of that. You’ve also got

💧 water

🍲 digesting food

🦴 bone

💪🏽 muscle

💁🏼‍♀️ then … fat


If you have more fat to lose, the scales will show more results than someone who has maybe just a little bit to lose. The average body fat % is:

🏆 Athletes 14-20%

🏃‍♀️ Fitness 21-24%

🧍🏾‍♀️ Acceptable 25-31%

🍕 Obesity >32%


Therefore if you’re perhaps falling in the ‘acceptable’ range trying to achieve the ‘fitness’ range of body fat % - only circa 25% of the weight on the scales will determine your fat. That leaves 75% of variant … that’s a huge number!


Reasons your weight may increase although you’re eating healthy …

1️⃣ Water Retention

2️⃣ Constipation

3️⃣ Time of the month

4️⃣ Muscle gain

5️⃣ Using different scales

6️⃣ Lack of activity

7️⃣ Not tracking accurately

8️⃣ Not sleeping enough

9️⃣ Not drinking enough

🔟 Not being consistent (yo-yo dieting)


So … focus on pictures and measurements, clothes and mostly your emotional well-being, strength and energy for better monitoring of progress!


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