How can we be independent of what the scale may say, and what does the number on the weight scale really tell us? Generally, the measured value of body weight does not hold as important information as the composition of that weight does. We should be aware of our body composition rather than tracking scale weight every day. The scale may simply tell us the combined weight value of all the body’s tissues. That weight may vary throughout the day depending on different reasons and factors like the time of day, what we had eaten, hydration status or what clothes we are wearing. On the other hand, body composition represents the relative leanness, or the proportions of fat mass and lean (fat-free) mass in the body.
Fat mass consist of essential and nonessential fat, whereas lean mass (sometimes called active mass), refers to bones, tissues, organs and muscle. The generally accepted range of fat percentage, required for maintaining good health is of about 10-22% for men and 20-32% for women.