How to Pick the Best Bathroom Scale for Weight Loss

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Buying a new bathroom scale can be surprisingly confusing, especially when you're trying to lose weight. You probably want to stay on a budget, but you also want to be sure that you are getting an accurate picture of your weight loss progress. There are a lot of options out there, whether you're into the fancy features some scales offer or you're more concerned about how it looks on your bathroom floor.

Tips to Buy The Best Bathroom Scale

If you are into an elegant décor, there are stylish scales made of fine materials like stainless steel or marble. Or if you are looking for a little more motivation, there is a talking scale that actually announces your weight to you and anyone within earshot. Then there are travel-friendly bathroom scales that fit in a suitcase. But most dieters just want a reliable scale that provides essential weight loss information to help them track their progress.

Bathroom scale cost. If you have a lot of money to spend, you'll have no shortage of options when you buy your bathroom scale. There are body fat scales by brands like Tanita that cost over $600. These scales provide highly specialized data like segmented body fat analysis.  But a more simple bathroom scale can be purchased for under $30 at your local discount store or pharmacy. 

The truth is, for most dieters, it doesn't matter how fancy or advanced your scale is.

No matter how much you might think you want to invest in a high-tech or fabulously-fashionable scale, the only thing that really matters is the result that comes up when you step on it.

If you're buying a scale for the first time, you may want to get a cheaper model. If you use it often and find that you need more features, then spend more money on the next model.

Just don't fall into the mindset of thinking that a more expensive scale will make weight loss happen faster. 

Bathroom scale features.  A concern for many heavier people is the weight capacity of a bathroom scale. Most scales now measure up to 300 or 400 pounds, but you should check on the box before you buy. You should also check the size of the platform that you stand on. Many bathroom scales now feature lower and wider platforms to make it easier for overweight users. 

Some other features you might want to look for include

  • Digital read out.  For many users, a digital scale is easier to read than an analog scale. But if seeing the numbers might be a problem, check the size of the display and make sure that you will be able to read your number from a standing position. 
  • Weight tracking. Some scale brands not only provide your daily or weekly rate, but they also track your weight over time. You can see your progress on the scale or by using an app.
  • Body fat analysis. Many digital scales estimate your body fat percent using bioelectrical impedance analysis or BIA. This is helpful for dieters who exercise and who are trying to boost metabolism by increasing muscle mass.
  • Lean muscle mass. If you're doing strength workouts to improve your body shape you may want to track your lean muscle mass with this feature that is often provided alongside body fat analysis.
  • Water. Water weight changes almost daily in many dieters, especially in women. Some scales help you to see the changes from day to day.
  • Calories. Many newer scales not only track your weight, but also provide calorie recommendations for you to follow. This may help you to monitor and track your calorie intake from day to day.
  • Activity tracker or app connectivity. Since many dieters now use activity trackers and apps to monitor their weight loss progress, some digital scales now connect using Bluetooth technology so that you can see all of your data in one place. One of my favorite scale and tracker combinations is the Pivotal Living Scale and tracker. These budget-friendly devices look great and are easy to use.

Bathroom scale design. If your scale is ugly, you're not likely to put it in a place where you see it every day. You might keep an unattractive scale hidden away in a closet or in your bathroom cabinets. And if you don't see your scale, you're not likely to use it. So buy a scale that looks beautiful in your bathroom. Consider your bathroom design (color, textures and lighting) before you invest.

Bathroom scale accuracy. Which scale is the most accurate? It's hard to test the accuracy of a bathroom scale. But it may not matter as much as you'd think if you are using the scale for weight loss. What matters most is the change you see from day to day or week to week. The actual numbers may not be 100% perfect, but if you see a continual decrease in your weight, then your program is working. If you see an increase, then you need to make a change. 

*Edited by Malia Frey, About.com Weight Loss Expert

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