Why the Scale Lies About Your Health (And Where to Find the Truth)
The scale is one of those things that most people have no idea what it really measures. It’s not just some number like your weight or height, it actually measures something much more accurate than either of them: health!
If you’re reading this, chances are good that you’ve been told “I’m too fat” or “My cholesterol is high.” If you’ve ever had any sort of medical issue, then you probably know exactly what I mean. These statements are based on a number of assumptions which aren’t always true.
For example, if someone tells me they’re too fat and my first question would be “How do you know?”
They might say they saw their weight on a scale and it was off by 5 pounds. Or maybe they were eating a low-fat diet and their blood sugar levels went way up. Maybe they didn’t exercise enough or ate junk food all day long. All these factors could cause your body to lose weight but still maintain its current size.
It’s possible that the person is lying about their weight, but even if they are telling the truth, it doesn’t necessarily mean that their health issues are due to being overweight. If they’re telling me they have high blood sugar, then there’s the chance that medication is involved. Or maybe their diet isn’t as healthy as it should be, or they need to exercise a little more.
This is where so many people will blame their weight on something else and not take any responsibility for themselves. They’ll think that because they weighed themselves on a scale that is off by 5 pounds that they were not in control of their own health. There are so many other factors that go into this, which is why it’s so difficult to measure your own health by how much you weigh.
The Scale Doesn’t Know Your Body
The scale can’t know your body or what your body does. It can only measure a small part of who you are as a whole: your weight. This is why some people who are under extreme stress will actually lose weight even if they aren’t taking good care of themselves. Some people have naturally fast metabolisms, which means they can eat more than others and still weigh less.
Others are the opposite and can have a harder time gaining weight even when they try to.
The best way to measure your own health is by using a combination of methods. One of the most important factors in this is paying attention to how your body feels physically.
Are you feeling sluggish all the time? Is it hard to get up in the morning? Aches and pains you didn’t have last week?
All of this could be signs of something deeper.
Next up is listening to your body.
Are you craving certain foods for no reason? Does your body say it needs a break from eating meat because it wants more vegetables? Is your mind needing relaxation from a consistent routine?
All of these things should be taken into consideration when gauging how healthy you are and make changes as you see fit.
You can also use diagnostic tools like a cholesterol test, blood pressure check, or even a glucose tolerance test to see how your body is working. These tools will give you a general guideline of what’s going on inside and what you might need to change. All of these should be considered as well when trying to understand your overall health.
Sources & references used in this article:
Big fat lies: The truth about your weight and your health by G Gaesser, S Blair – 2011 – books.google.com
The obesity myth: Why America’s obsession with weight is hazardous to your health by PF Campos – 2004 – books.google.com
Finding the truth in the lies: A practical guide to the assessment of malingering by H Tabernik, MJ Vitacco – Troublesome disguises: Managing …, 2015 – Wiley Online Library