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  • Writer's pictureJoshua McDool

Do Weighing Scales Determine Your Progress?

There are many factors that can influence the reading on the scale, and here are just a few of them:

  • Hydration / Dehydration

  • Sweating

  • Time of Day

  • Previous Meal

  • Clothing

  • Menstrual Cycle

  • Positioning of Scale / Type of Scale Used

  • Bowel Movement (or lack of)

Scale weight is not an ideal marker for short-term 'success', but can be useful to give you an idea of what is going on day-to-day.

Over the longer-term it could give a better indication of your body composition.

If the scales cause emotional upset, opposed to being a useful tool - I suggest using other forms of measurement to track your progress. Here a few different methods we use with clients at SP:

Progress Photos

It is difficult to notice progress when you see yourself in the mirror everyday. So why not take photos every few weeks to visually see the progress. You will probably begin to receive compliments of others around you too as your body composition slowly begins to change before noticing yourself.

Site Measurements

Take circumference measurements of different sites on your body, such as waist, hips, thighs and arms, as well as other areas you may want to improve. This could be done alongside your photos.


Although the scale may not change as much as you'd like, the way you fit into your clothes could change completely. Looser waist band on your jeans, a different notch on the belt buckle, or maybe a tighter fitting t-shirt around the arms and chest?

Your bodyweight is just a number and does not define your self-worth, it could just be how you perceive it to be.

If it is a number that you would like to change, understand that it will take time, effort and will never be linear - you just have to knuckle down harder when you reach a barrier.

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