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Scales are not always helpful

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I have a fancy scale that tells you your % of body fat, muscle, water, etc, and if you are in a healthy weight or overweight, or obese. I'm 5'5" and 135 to 140 lbs with pretty significant muscle mass. My weight loss goal is to be 130lbs. The scale would tell me I'm overweight and 28% body fat. That's very discouraging. I had my fat checked an alternate method at a health fair and was told it was 21%. I have a very high amount of muscle mass (the scale said 37% which is considered athlete level). The other day while making adjustments to my son's age, height, etc. I figured out you can put the scale on athlete mode. It's now indicating I'm in a normal weight range, 39% muscle, and 21% fat. It's dumb, but it's really helped change my perception of myself. I was really discouraged and started thinking maybe I was more overweight than I thought. Sometimes what's supposed to be helpful, ends up hurting us mentally and playing into our fears.
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