I want to buy a weight scale (a.k.a. bathroom scale)

Last modified by Krasimir Milchev on 2020/03/07 12:51

I would like to buy a weight scale for one or more of the following reasons:

  • I'd like to measure my weight, body fat, BMI, resting metabolism, visceral fat and even cardio health
  • I'd like to be able to track how much weight I've gained/lost because of my most recent diet
  • I'd like to be able to track how much I've eaten (in terms of grams) on my last meal
  • I'd like to get an estimate of muscle mass, bone mass, and body water percentage
  • I'd like to track how much I've lost after going to the bathroom emoticon_smile

In addition to weight measure, weight scales might measure/estimate one or more of the following:

  • Muscle mass
  • Bone mass
  • Body water percentage
  • Body fat percentage
  • Water percentage
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Fat-free Body Weight
  • Muscle Mass
  • Bone Mass
  • Protein
  • Basal Metabolism
  • Metabolic Age
  • Subcutaneous Fat
  • Visceral fat - the more dangerous fats that surround the stomach and vital organs3
  • BMI – a weight-to-height ratio (fairly useful for calculating obesity)1
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) – the number of calories you burn daily just by existing2
  • Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV)  - calculates your 'arterial health' via PWV. This measures the velocity at which your heart pulses blood into your arteries and so is related to (but not the same as) blood pressure, and a faster PWV can be a symptom of a less healthy heart. 3

Additional features to look for are:

  • Scale accuracy
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity with your phone/laptop/smart devices.
  • How many users can it track statistics for 
  • Can it distinguish automatically between the different users
  • Size of the weighing platform
  • Baby mode
  • How bright the display is, how large are the numbers and/or whether it can say out loud what's written on the display 
  • Scale weight limit
  • Ease of use
  • Looks.
  • Battery life duration

It seems that the number one issue with weight scales is their accuracy in measuring the body weight, which, sadly, is their main purpose.

  1. ^ https://www.t3.com/features/best-bathroom-scales
  2. ^ https://www.t3.com/features/best-bathroom-scales
  3. ^ https://www.t3.com/features/best-bathroom-scales

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Created by Krasimir Milchev on 2020/03/03 21:45