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Body Composition: The War Between The Scale And The Mirror


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It happens every Monday.  Someone wakes up and decides to enter the world of weight loss.

They jump on the scale and sigh in disgust.

Next they  try to eat better and workout to lose that weight. They might even set a goal and/or time frame to be at a certain weight.

Thousands of people are slaves to the scale. They are either being happy or frustrated depending on what the numbers say.

The scale does not reflect your work. Unless you are trying to make weight for a bodybuilding contest, fight, wrestling match or BJJ tournament, you should not worry about the scale.

On the other end there’s the person who weighs themself at the start of the program and forgets about the scale. They set their goals and use the mirror to decide if they are in shape or not.

What good is it to drop 10lbs of weight if you have no muscle and look heavier, or if there is no change in your physique? Jack Nicholson had it right in the movie “A Few Good Men”: you can’t handle the truth.

The mirror is the truth, it will never lie to you. It will tell you if you are training correctly or not. If you have abs and biceps showing the mirror will tell you. The scale will not give you this.

In the end the scale only tells you the weight of your body. The mirror will let you know if the work has been put in.

In the picture above I weighed 165 pounds. This was after the juggernaut contest. On the right I weighed 164 pounds with more muscle.

If I worried only about the scale I would think I only lost one pound. In reality I lost two inches on my waist and grew one inch on my chest, legs and arms.

Ultimately it’s wise to use both tools: the scale at the start of any program and at end of it if you need to. But the mirror will reward you with the truth.

Mick Madden
Mick Madden is the primary content writer for Muscle and Brawn.
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