If you have been on a weigh loss journey for a while, you have probably hit a point where you feel amazing and really start enjoying the healthy changes you made. Only to get on the scale and either see no change, or an increase. It is enough to derail most people from their goals. So I wanted to throw together a short list of 5 reasons you should tape instead of weigh.
1. Muscle weighs more than fat.
We've all probably heard it, but it is true. This is pretty common in those that start weightlifting. Since the body is building muscle as well as burning fat, you may not see as much change in the scale. But don't get discouraged, stick with the program and tape. You will see a change in inches for sure.
2. Not all scales are created equal.
Your 5 dollar yard sale scale that the kids use as a toy probably isn't the most reliable thing in the world. But the tape never lies. If you must weigh, I recommend sticking to the same scale at the same time of day.
Water weight is real and the amount you retain from day to day can vary significantly. Taping can curb some of the spikes in your perceived progress. I would still try to stick to taping early in the morning or before your first meal if you are a faster.
4. You can pinpoint the weight loss.
The scale is an overall measurement, but taping lets you really see where your body responds to your lifestyle changes.
5. No one cares about the numbers!
Really, no one else sees the scale. If you are looking for better fitting clothes, easier mobility, strength or even a personal goal for abs, let that be your guidance towards success. The number doesn't matter.
There you have it. 5 reasons why you should follow the tape and not the scale.