Best scales for weight loss
Digital, bathroom and electronic body fat scales
When embarking on a weight loss journey it is a good idea to invest in a set of scales, not just for your kitchen but also for your bathroom. Scales are an essential part of your weight loss plan allowing you to track your progress and stay motivated. It can be tempting to weigh yourself everyday however it is best to weigh yourself once a week on the same day and at the same time, this way you get a clear and reliable idea of your progress.
Types of weighing scales
Whether you’re aiming to lose weight or training for a marathon, scales shouldn’t be an eye-sore in your bathroom, but more of a part of your journey that is simple and easy. Making them a part of your lifestyle should also mean they seamlessly match your bathroom décor. Whether your taste is minimal or traditional, there are a variety of designs, colours and functions for you to choose from. From models with easy to read and retro inspired large dials to more modern digital displays, finding the weight scales for you is important. Weighing yourself should be quick and easy rather than a confusing chore.
Digital scales usually feature Bluetooth technology that links your data to an app within your phone. So you’ll be able to track your progress and stay motivated simply by viewing your personalised dashboard. Being able to see your weight may be motivating for some, but remember it’s best to weigh yourself once a week to get a reliable and stable picture of your weight loss.
Electronic body fat scales
If you want to measure more than just your weight in kilos or stones, then body analysis scales will be able to show you a bigger picture of your overall health from your body fat percentage to BMI. Reducing your body fat, especially any excess fat stored around your waist can help to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Presented with all the facts you can then decide what action is best for you to take depending on your goals, whether you’re looking to tone up, increase your levels of fitness or maintain your weight.
These electronic scales come equipped with insightful technology that can examine the amount of water in your body as well as you muscle and bone mass percentages - giving you a more complete analysis of your health than digital scales alone.
Cardiovascular health scales
Being aware of your heart health and taking steps to look after your heart is important. Did you know that your bathroom scales could help? The withings body cardio weight scales feature innovative pulse wave velocity (PWV) technology, to offer an indication of your cardiovascular health. The scales look at the speed at which your blood moves along the arteries, the speed of which can indicate whether your arteries are stiff or flexible which contribute to the overall health of your heart*. Wifi enabled to offer smart weight measuring, the cardio scale also track your body composition including water percentage, muscle and bone mass, as well as your weight.*
Can my fitness tracker connect to my weight scale?
Yes, if you’re looking for a complete set to overhaul your fitness and have you racing over that finish line, then we have plenty to choose from at LloydsPharmacy. We can get you equipped with a Bluetooth scale, a blood pressure monitor and activity tracker, a full set is a great way to stay on track and manage your journey. There are scales, fitness bands and blood pressure monitors that can all connect to your phone, meaning that you can store all your data and achievements in one place, allowing you to keep on top of your readings.
The acme smart scale tracks 11 metrics from body fat to BMI, and the family friendly features allow you to have multiple user profiles. BlueTooth enabled the scales can show you how many calories you need daily to help your body function as it should, as well lose weight if that is your desired goal. The specialised app can also help you to stay on top of your progress and review all of your results in one easy-to-access area.
What is BMI?
Your Body Mass Index or BMI is a good way for yourself or your GP to check if you’re a healthy weight for your height and gender. You can calculate your BMI by following these simple steps:
Step One: Multiply your height in metres by itself, e.g. 1.7x1.7= 2.89
Step Two: Divide your weight in Kilos by this figure, e.g. 80 ÷ 2.89 = 27.7
Step Three: For this example 27.7 is your BMI
Find out more about your BMI and view our BMI table here.
How do you lose weight?
The basic principle of weight loss is that you need to use more calories than you consume, you can do this by introducing exercise into your daily routine as well monitoring the amount of calories you eat. For more advice and tips visit our guide to healthy weight loss.
How do I tell if I have lost weight without using a scale?
Although weighing yourself on a scale is a reliable way to measure your progress you can also use a measuring tape to reveal your weight loss. Taking a monthly measurement of your upper arms, abdomen, hips, thighs and waist will show you how much you have lost and how much more toned your body is. You may also want to take before and after photographs so that you can see how much your body is changing throughout your weight loss journey.