We all have different ways of tracking and monitoring data.
Maybe you prefer to keep things as simple or straightforward as possible and avoid any/all numbers that don’t have dollar signs in front of them. No judgment.
When it comes to monitoring your weight, you might take a less-is-more approach to numbers and metrics, so you want to keep your scale simple. You prefer the bare minimum when it comes to the numbers.
Conversely, it could be the case that you respond well to charts and graphs.
Smart scales give your weight, fat, and muscle mass, and other metrics that are uploaded to your phone, and this more complete picture of your health can be useful, according to John La Puma, M.D., a physician specializing in diet and health and the author of Refuel.
In a small study in Obesity Science & Practice, it was reported that people who used a smart scale were more likely to weigh in weekly than those who used a regular one.
That said, it’s up to you to decide whichever method and scale is right for you and your body.
No matter your preference, remember that a scale is only a tool. Exercise and portion control are the keys. And according to dietician Dr. Lisa Young, weigh-ins should be kept to twice a week.
For the Value Shopper: Eufy BodySense
Pro: Top quality for a fraction of the price.
Con: The scale display shows weight only; for further data, you have to go to the app. (And unlike other scales, the app has to be open to collect data.)
Metrics: Weight, BMI, body fat, full body comp.
For the Fitbit Fanatic: Fitbit Aria 2
Pro: Your Fitbit tracker works seamlessly with the scale to track your whole life, displayed in fun, colorful graphics.
Con: The metrics are fairly limited compared with other scales. (No muscle mass, for instance.)
Metrics: Weight, BMI, body fat.
For the Less Techy Guy: Nokia Body+
Pro: The app is user-friendly and syncing is a snap.
Con: Tricky sensors make it hard to tell if you’re standing in just the right spot for the most accurate reading.
Metrics: Weight, BMI, fat mass, muscle mass, bone mass, hydration level.
For the Stats Guy: iHealth Core
Pro: Dense with data, plus a few other accessories, the app can track BP and blood oxygen, too.
Con: A large footprint at nearly 14 inches square.
Metrics: Body fat, lean mass, body water, muscle mass, daily calorie intake, bone mass, visceral fat rating.
For the Strava Striver: Garmin Index
Pro: Link up with other users to form a training group or for friendly competition.
Con: Setup involves social media integration, a drag if you’re not much of a sharer.
Metrics: Weight, BMI, body fat, skeletal muscle mass, body water, bone mass.
For the Minimalist: Taylor Glass Digital Bathroom Scale
Pro: This simple, classic scale tells you exactly what you need to do, without all the bells and whistles.
Con: It doesn’t have the bells and whistles. If you want deeper data, this isn’t the one for you.
For the Novice: HoMedics 531 Health Station Body Fat Scale
Pro: Provides you with quick, informative data based on your current weight and calorie intake.
Con: There’s no way of seeing just how accurate your stats are. There’s also no digital or mobile component or specific method of tracking.
Metrics: Weight, body fat, BMI, body water, and daily calories.