Is The Scale Obsolete?

I felt the need to write this blog because I feel like my messaging in regards to the scale has gotten a little twisted. So I think it’s important to clarify a few things.


First, I don’t hate the scale. In fact, I think that keeping an eye on big changes on the scale is extremely important because it holds you accountable and helps you troubleshoot any big and constant changes.


The scale is one of the very few objective, easily accessible tools to measure your body composition. Not everyone has enough access (or budget) to use a DEXA scan or hydrostatic underwater weighing unit as everyday measurement tools…so the next best thing is the scale.


I like to use the analogy that the scale is just part of the recipe, a bit like when you’re baking a cake (yum, cake!): if you have just the ingredients and not the instructions, it’s very unlikely your baking will work out. In the same way, if you have just the instructions without the proper measurements, you will NOT end up with a very good cake. (Try adding one too many cups of flour to a cake to see what happens!)


My point is this: you shouldn’t obsess about the scale but you shouldn’t fully disregard it either.


The scale is PART of the progress-tracking process, alongside some other less objective “measurements” like:

  • Your clothes fit better
  • You’ve become stronger
  • You have much more muscle definition
  • Your form has improved
  • You feel more confident
  • Your relationship with food has improved
  • You feel A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

So the point here is that although I don’t absolutely love the scale, it doesn’t mean I hate it. If the goal is to objectively track physical progress, the scale IS one of the tools you use…although you should always remember in the back of your mind that it does NOT tell the absolute truth.