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Dietitian explains why you should never trust the number on your bathroom scales

It might be time to throw away your trusty bathroom scales (Photo: Shutterstock)

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get in better shape, then you'll probably want to keep reading this.

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That's because we've just discovered something rather shocking about measuring weight loss.

It turns out that it might be time to throw away your trusty bathroom scales as they're not always as accurate as you think.

This is the message one dietitian is spreading and she's shared a number of alternative ways to keep tabs on your fitness progress instead.

Leanne Ward, a nutrition expert from Brisbane, is urging women to ditch the scales after showcasing how hers told her she'd put on more than two kilograms in just 18 hours.

She weighed herself at various points in her day, and at each point, her scales recorded a different weight (Photo: Leanne Ward)

The 28-year-old shared a series of identical side-by-side photos from various points in her day, and at each point, her scales recorded a different weight.

She began the day at 69.5kg and ended it at 71.6kg.

Posting to her 229,000 Instagram followers, she wrote: "Ever stepped on the scales and felt your heart sink? I'm right there with you girl! It's soul-crushing, isn't it?

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"What if there was another way to measure health and happiness?"

She went on to reveal why she believes the scales are wrong.

She continued: "There is no perfect weight. You do not have a 'magical' number that will make you happy, healthy or 'fit'. Whatever weight you 'desire' is simply a number. This number will fluctuate every day!

"Stop trying to obtain this magical unicorn and start focusing on the efforts you put in day in and day out."

She advised using alternative ways to measure your success (Photo: Shutterstock)

Leanne then explained how women's bodies retain water, which along with bloating, the time of the month, eating and going to the toilet, can affect what you see on the scales.

She added: "The scales will never represent how hard you've truly worked. I remember days where I'd eaten 'perfectly' and spent some extra time in the gym and the number was still higher.

"Your worth as a human isn't determined by a number. Your worth isn't determined by this tiny metal square which more often than not is an inaccurate representation of your health. Focus on other health measures - not your weight."

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Instead of using scales, the fitness guru suggests trying body composition machines, or measuring success by fitting in those jeans that were a little too tight or seeing a change in photos of yourself.

Thousands of people have liked her post, with many taking the time to comment.

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One person said: "I just really needed to see this today!"

Another commented: "Literally hit the nail on the head!"

A third added: "I stopped weighing myself a year ago and it was honestly the most refreshing thing I've ever done in my entire life. It took a lot of weight off my mind (pun intended)."

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