Why we don’t track body weight in the app

One common question we get is why we track workouts, steps and challenges in the app but not body weight.

The answer to this is that body weight tells us very little other than your relationship to the earth and gravity. There are so many factors that can affect body weight- hydration, bowel movements, food eaten, time of day, day of the week, training schedule, clothing worn etc. Too often people come fixated on weight and are quick to throw in the towel when weight is not shifting. Perhaps you are losing fat mass but also gaining muscle mass and feeling more comfortable in your body as a result, but then feel disheartened when you step on the scale and see the number hasn’t shifted.

Regularly stepping on the scale can become an obsession and no weight is ever good enough. When does weight loss become ‘enough’?

In the same vein, what is a healthy weight for one person, would not be for another! For example, 70kg can look very different on different people, even if they are of the same height.

Not to mention the fact that the number on the scale doesn’t reflect what is going on internally in your body. Exercise comes with a whole host of health benefits unrelated to weight loss, from improved mood, to improved cardiovascular (aka heart) health, improved bone density and increased muscle mass.

Weight loss doesn’t need to be (and maybe shouldn’t be) the end goal of your training. Rather than tracking weight (which never seems to bring much happiness), instead track the number of workouts you have completed, how you are progressing with the challenges, how you are progressing from beginner options to intermediate to advanced options and how you are feeling from an energy and mental health point of view! These are all much better measures of results than the number on the scale.