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8/30/12 12:20 P


I have to agree, body fat scales are notoriously inaccurate !! So, don't assume you're 50% fat just because that's what the scale says. Do you have a tape measure ? Instead of using the scale to measure your success, use the tape measure. If you're losing inches, I can assure you that you're losing body fat.

Don't let the scale rule your emotions. there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. Do you know, that if your blood pressure has dropped over the last month, your doctor would be thrilled even if you didn't lose any weight. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge sign of success !!

Keep in mind that your scale can't tell you how many push ups you can do. The scale can't tell you how fast you can walk or run a mile. The scale can't tell you if you're sleeping better or have more energy. All the scale tells you is what you weigh on any given day.

If you're seeing other subtle signs of change, then you ARE making a difference. If you have more energy, that's a positive change. If you can walk up stairs without getting winded, that too is a positive change. If your clothes are starting to fit a bit better, ditto... positive change.

Look for those small positive changes first. Will the scale move ? Eventually, but you really can't tie your emotions to that number. If you do, you'll be miserable. good health really does come in many different shapes and sizes.

Just use the scale to weigh yourself, don't use it for body fat percentages because most are just plain wrong.

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8/30/12 4:37 A

BHARRIS227 - those scales are NOT accurate re the body fat percentage, etc. Don't worry about what weight they showed. This is why when I weigh, i use only ONE set of scales - the big-deal professional ones at my Medical Centre. I also only way before lunch, and in the same clothes, AND immediately after I have been to the loo, because believe it or not, that latter one can make a difference of quite a few pound! Even the ones that the Hospitals have, you can weigh quite differently on the different scales. When you mention the body fat scales on line, do you mean you BOUGHT them or provided figures on-line and it calculated your body-fat? If the latter was the case, disregard it. You need proper equipment and in person.

Don't go putting all your focus on the scales - instead if the quality of your nutrition improves, you consume within the recommended calorie range and you do the exercise, your body IS winning - YOU are winning. It isn't just about the scales. Be guided by how your clothes fit, the condition of your hair/skin, your energy levels, and even the quality of your sleep. THESE are more important factors to consider!


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 8/30/2012 (04:38)
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8/30/12 12:31 A

Hi BHarris,
I understand feeling bummed about it, nobody likes to see the scale go up, but as you said, it's a different scale. You did NOT throw two weeks of working out out the window. You know you did things in the last two weeks that have put you on the path of feeling better so do not let those numbers ruin that for you. Look at you, you get a gift card for your birthday and rather than going out and buying something "fun", you bought a scale. For that alone, you should be proud! emoticon

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8/29/12 9:50 P

Feeling pretty bummed today.. I was given a gift card for my birthday yesterday, and I decided to buy a digital scale, since I've been using an old fashioned one that wasn't incredibly accurate.. I can't say that I didn't expect to get different numbers on a new scale, but I was expecting to great a difference. My new one shows I weigh 4 lbs more than the old one.. I feel like I threw 2 weeks of work out the window :( It's also supposed to calculate body fat, muscle and such, and it said I was at 51% body fat... I know I'm fat, but 51%.. really? So I had my husband enter his data and get on it, hoping it would give him some outrageous number as well, so I could just disqualify the data as garbage, and it showed 16%.. My husband is very athletic, so this is probably reasonably accurate for him.

Anyway, I know they're just numbers, and I really shouldn't dwell on them, gives me more reason to work harder this week, I guess.

I did take my measurements and use a body fat calculator I found online and it told me 39%, which I would like to think is more accurate, but who knows..

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