Weigh In Wednesday – How to Pick a Scale

   

  It’s Weigh-In Wednesday for Week 7 and I’m excited to announce that I lost another 1.4 lbs this week! Yay! This puts me at 165 lbs.

     Discussing weigh-ins with my mother-in-law last week, she was sharing with me that the bathroom scale she and her hubby use isn’t very accurate. She said she could step on it three times in a row and get three different readings. I’ve had scales like that and a few years ago I upgraded to a Healthometer model that has worked beautifully. My scale is great for me but there are a lot of different models out there with different functions. How do you find the one that’s right for you. I’ve decided to share with you Lifescript.com’s recommendations on how to pick.

How to Pick A Scale 

(from Lifescript.com )

If you’re trying to acquire or maintain a healthy weight, it’s a frustrating task without an accurate bathroom scale. When purchasing a scale, you’ll find that — as with so many consumer products — there are many choices and features. Even if you’re just picking up a scale at your local discount store, you’ll want to make some decisions ahead of time to make your shopping easier and less stressful:

Step 1: Know Your Expense Range
Bathroom scales are available for almost every budget, beginning at around $15 and running beyond $200. So estimate how much you want to invest. Most consumer products fall into the old adage “You get what you pay for,” and scales are no exception. A $15 scale may meet your immediate needs, but consider spending more if you want long-term performance and accuracy.

Step 2: During Weight Loss, Accuracy Is Everything
According to Consumersearch.com, the biggest complaint consumers have about bathroom scales is that they are inaccurate and inconsistent.

Accuracy in a bathroom scale is usually related to two issues: your financial investment and the type of scale. The scales reported with the highest accuracy on Consumersearch.com are the more expensive ones. The digital scales, too, get higher ratings for accuracy than analog or mechanical scales.

Step 3: Consider the Weight of the Scale
If you plan on tucking your scale away, except when it’s being used, a lighter weight scale is for you. If your scale will stay in one location, a solid, heavier weight scale makes the most sense. The weight capacity of most scales runs to 300 to 400 pounds. A doctor’s scale may be required for weights more than 400 pounds.

Step 4: Digital or Mechanical
Scales may be mechanical or digital. Although mechanical scales are still available, digital scales are more common, because they are easier to read and accurate. The digital LCD screen often comes in with larger numbers, making it easier to read. If you have trouble reading digital scales, two excellent options are available: talking scales and wireless scales.

Talking scales literally state the numbers on the scale so you don’t have to look — only listen. Wireless scales, often used in doctors’ offices, have a separate screen that’s easier to see.

Step 5: Other Features to Consider
You might also want to consider some of these additional features available on certain types of bathroom scales:

  • Other weight considerations – Some scales now claim to measure water weight, percentage of body fat and muscle weight. But be cautious about such features, because they may not always be as accurate as the actual weight measurement.
  • Computer calculations – This option provides calculations for ideal weight based on height, weight and gender.
  • Memory – If you’d like to have your weight results stored in your scale for comparison, this is a feature for you. Computer memory allows this scale to hold up to a certain amount of information, depending on the brand.
  • Decorative value – Many bathroom scales now come in vibrant colors, multiple textures and decorative designs. If you plan on displaying your scale in your bathroom, consider how it will work with your décor.

     Now you are armed with knowledge that will help you chose a scale that fits your need. Don’t want to invest? No problem. Scales at the gym or doctor’s office can be used for no additional charge. You can weigh at a GNC health food store for pocket change. Remember though, that a scale is only one way to measure your progress. A tape measure is inexpensive but accurate at letting you know how many inches you’ve lost. The mirror and the extra room in your clothes tell a tale, too. Enjoy becoming healthier and more active and do what works for you!

 
 
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