If you are working out every day and eating healthy, only to see the numbers of the scale not changing, you need to start paying attention to your body fat percentage. It is important to measure body fat, along with your overall weight when trying to lose some pounds. This is because working out can build muscle. Don't worry; this is a good thing! However, when the muscle mass in your body increases, the numbers on your scale do not change. In fact, they can even increase because you start to lose more fat and become toned.
The best way to keep track of your weight loss and fitness goals is to step on a body composition scale.
What is a Body Composition Scale?
If you want to keep track of your weight loss and are not satisfied with the numbers on a conventional weight scale, you should definitely try using body composition scales. These can help you determine if your body has a healthy fat-to-muscle ratio. Before you get intimidated, we are here to tell you that body composition scales are not difficult to use. All you have to do is step on the scale, which will then measure your body weight, along with the fat percentage.
Body composition scales have sensors underneath the area where you place your feet that make use of bioelectrical impedance. By stepping on the scale, an electrical current runs through your leg and across the pelvic to measure the resistance from body fat. The sensors will then measure the amount of resistance the current came into contact with when it travelled down the other leg. Don't worry; all of this happens so fast that you do not feel a thing. Based on the kind of body composition scale you have, you can link the information to your smartwatch or smartphone and connect it to any fitness application that you use.
Remember, a high body resistance means that the amount of fat in your body is high. This is mainly because fat does not contain as much water as muscle, so the current has a hard time passing through it.
The results on body composition scales depend on a few things, such as:
- Where fat is stored in the body.
- Pregnancy- It is not recommended to use a body composition scale when pregnant.
- Age- Body composition scales are not meant for children.
- Height and stature.