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You are not your scale weight. Your bodyweight is no reflection of who you are, your strength, your intelligence, your kindness, your beauty, or your worth. Focus on eating for good health, and exercising for strength and energy; do NOT let a number on a scale define who you are or how much joy you have in your life.

Weight doesn’t measure health in any way, shape or form. But that is how it’s presented to the public and in many cases by health professionals. The term that.

Yes, you’re way too fond of Chunky Monkey but that’s not the only reason your scale won’t budge. Jim Karas explains the female factor in weight loss, and how you can overcome it. What the scale is NOT measuring is how much fat you have or how much muscle you maintain. And that’s a big problem. Many women, when first starting a workout program, will actually gain muscle and lose fat.

Simply put, your ideal body weight means you’re neither too thin (underweight) nor too big (overweight), rather you have a slender, healthy figure. The best way to determine this is through a BMI, or body mass index, calculation. There are more ways than the scale to measure your body composition and overall weight.

The ways your clothes fit on you may help you assess weight fluctuation. Measuring the size of your waist. Although your weight certainly isn’t the only number you need to consider when measuring your health, it can give you a good starting point for tracking your health, Eudene Harry, MD, tells LIVESTRONG.com. It not only measures your weight, but also calculates BMI, BMR, body fat, muscle, bone, water, protein, metabolic age, and skeletal muscle rate.

Weigh yourself by simply stepping on the scale. Users can enter all of their personal information (i.e. age) for a more customized and accurate assessment, and there’s even an option for athletes, although the digital bathroom scale is not designed for professional athletes. RENPHO Body Fat Scale Specs.

Maximum weight: 396lb/180kg; Units: kg/lb (switch in app) Scale interval: 0.2lb/0.05kg. Smart scales give your weight, fat, and muscle mass, and other metrics that are uploaded to your phone, and this more complete picture of your health.

List of related literature:

The context boils down to what your metric for “health” is.

“The End of Illness” by David B. Agus
from The End of Illness
by David B. Agus
Free Press, 2012

A patient who is obese has an increased risk for developing overuse injuries during an exercise program.41 Body mass index (BMI) is the most commonly used general indicator of body composition (Fig. 23-1).

“Physical Rehabilitation E-Book: Evidence-Based Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention” by Michelle H. Cameron, Linda Monroe
from Physical Rehabilitation E-Book: Evidence-Based Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention
by Michelle H. Cameron, Linda Monroe
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2007

Patients capable of bearing their own weight use a standing scale (Skill 12.6).

“Foundations and Adult Health Nursing E-Book” by Kim Cooper, Kelly Gosnell
from Foundations and Adult Health Nursing E-Book
by Kim Cooper, Kelly Gosnell
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Patients capable of bearing their own weight use a standing scale.

“Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing: Second South Asia Edition E-Book” by Sharma Suresh
from Potter and Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing: Second South Asia Edition E-Book
by Sharma Suresh
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

So, then, if we cannot determine ideal body weight using BMI charts and height-weight tables, how does the average person determine his or her ideal body weight?

“Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance” by Fitzgerald Matt
from Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance
by Fitzgerald Matt
VeloPress, 2012

At the time, I equated health solely with weight.

“Craveable Keto: Your Low-Carb, High-Fat Roadmap to Weight Loss and Wellness” by Kyndra D. Holley
from Craveable Keto: Your Low-Carb, High-Fat Roadmap to Weight Loss and Wellness
by Kyndra D. Holley
Victory Belt Publishing, 2018

Referring again to the bathroom scales example, the scales may register the same weight each time (reliability), but that weight may be several pounds above the actual weight of the individual (i.e. not valid).

“The Principles and Practice of Nurse Education” by Francis M. Quinn
from The Principles and Practice of Nurse Education
by Francis M. Quinn
Stanley Thornes, 2000

Similarly, health is a problematic concept when linked with weight.

“The Fat Studies Reader” by Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay, Marilyn Wann
from The Fat Studies Reader
by Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay, Marilyn Wann
NYU Press, 2009

But how can health be measured?

“Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data: A Guide to Techniques and their Implementation” by Adam Wagstaff, Owen O'Donnell, Eddy van Doorslaer, Magnus Lindelow
from Analyzing Health Equity Using Household Survey Data: A Guide to Techniques and their Implementation
by Adam Wagstaff, Owen O’Donnell, et. al.
World Bank Publications, 2007

And some health professionals believe that a healthy weight is the weight at which you do not have health issues, or at least none related to your weight.

“The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Without Medication” by Marla Heller
from The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Without Medication
by Marla Heller
Amidon Press, 2007

Alexia Lewis RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Heath Coach who believes life is better with science, humor, and beautiful, delicious, healthy food.

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  • It seems to me that body fat percentage is calculated using the body weight so, in a sense, it’s useless information for comparative purposes. Anyone else?

  • I can’t recalibrate the scale. I have tried removing the batteries off, checked for obstructions and still the scale settles at 4.30 kg this throwing off measurement.

  • How accurate is body fat % on these? Mine says im 7% which is elite athlete/ body builder range. I am a small person but there is no way that that is correct