In a word, no, a body weight scale does not indicate total health. Just because the scales read a wonderful 120 pounds, does not mean you are healthy. There are several things that the average weight scales cannot reveal. A healthy body weight depends on a combination of metabolism, age, diet, lean muscle, genetics and daily activity. In the paragraphs below, we will discuss why a body weight scale does not represent total health.
Does a Body Weight Scale Measure Body Fat Percentage?
Unfortunately, they cannot possibly measure body fat percentage. The healthy percentage of body fat varies according to gender and age, with women requiring 18 percent to 32 percent body fat and men 10 percent to 25 percent body fat (to be healthy).
If you weigh yourself every day and see no change but your clothes are becoming looser, there is a good chance you are losing fat instead of muscle mass. A good way to determine if you are losing body fat is to take your measurements once per week to keep a record of the results. This is cheap and easy to do, and all you need is a tape measure.
For the most accurate measurement, remove your clothes and stand in front of a mirror. To begin with, measure your neck, and then measure your chest just across the nipple line. Next, measure your upper arms, then measure your waist just below the ribs and just above the belly button. Next, measure your calves and thighs. Remember to record each measurement as you take it; always measure both sides of the body and get in the habit of doing this at the same time of day.
Healthy Weight Tables and Charts
Tables and charts are not good ways to determine health and percentage of body fat. These tables measure body mass index (BMI), but they are also have limitations similar to a body weight scale, and they are only good for people between the ages of 20 to 60. Health charts show only general information, and they also cannot determine health and fitness. You need to know what your lean muscle mass is in relation to your body fat percentage to know how healthy you are and what you need to do to improve your lifestyle.
It is a proven fact that body weight scales cannot tell the difference between body fat and lean muscle mass, therefore using scales to determine health is not the way to go. By consuming a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and taking your measurements on a regular basis, along with seeing your health care provider, are the best ways to ensure a healthy lifestyle.