Other than having to go out and purchase new jeans or a belt to hold up those old ones, you don’t know when you’re making weight loss progress. Plus, having a scale available to show you when you’ve gained a pound or two will help you understand you’re on an uptick in weight rather than down. This lets you change your eating and exercise habits before you end up gaining fifteen extra pounds in a few weeks. The weight scale is just one of the many ways you can measure your goals, and below I describe which weight scale I use on a weekly basis and why.
However, a dime store scale is not going to cut it. You want a scale that’s accurate and will measure small changes in your weight because this will keep you motivated. Who wants to step on a scale and see they haven’t lost an ounce in seven days, when in reality, they lost three to four ounces and the scale just doesn’t register it? That’s disheartening, but thankfully, I’ve found a scale that will work for you.
It’s called the EatSmart Precision Digital Scale (amazon link), and I recommend it because it’s the bathroom scale I use on a daily basis. Let’s look at some of the features of this scale to determine if it’s the right one for you.
It’s Fast and Easy to Use
Who wants it wait around for minutes while they wait for their scale to tell them they gained or lost a pound? Or mess around with trying to calibrate it every week? The short answer to that question is no one does. It’s much nicer to step on your scale when you get out of bed or shower and have the weight pop right up.
With the newer model of this scale, all you have to do is step on it, and it’ll come on with your weight! No more tapping and waiting, all you have to do is put it on a flat surface, step on it, and your weight shows up!
It’s Cool Looking and Stylish
For the girl in your life who prefers nice things in her bathroom or for yourself if you like the sleek and modern look, this scale is a no-brainer. It comes with a digital display with blue lighting, which makes it easy to see. Plus, it’s made with tempered glass, which means it’s pretty strong. In fact, this scale can withstand up to 400 pounds or 180 kilograms, so almost anyone can use it!
Of course, style isn’t everything. The scale is thin and easy to store in either an upright position or in a flat position underneath a cabinet or inside a cabinet beside some other items. Believe me; you can find a safe haven for this scale. Yet, it’s easy to step on with its wide platform.
Efficient Battery Use
I haven’t found a scale you’d have to plug into the wall, but it’s nice to know this scale runs on batteries. In fact, it runs on four triple A batteries, which you can easily find in most stores. In my experience, the batteries last for quite some time. I’ve had the batteries in my scale last up to two years with weekly use. Others use their scale daily and I’ve gathered some data on this, and batteries seem to last about 6 months this way. It’s nice to know there’s very little cost when it comes to upkeep for this scale.
Easy to Read and Consistent
If you’re a tall man or woman, reading a scale with tiny numbers on it when you can’t move is like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. It just doesn’t work. Thankfully, I can attest that the numbers on this scale are large enough for a tall person to read. You don’t have to pull out the magnifying glass or do a strange twist and bend to see what your weight is. I think this is one of the reasons I’ve kept this scale around for as long as I have. Also, the numbers don’t jump all over the place. This unit is smart enough to take a few readings very quickly and display an average weight at that time. I’ve done testing on my unit where I will step on and off the scale a few times, and the readings are within 0.2 lbs of each other – now that is consistent!
It’s Made with High-Quality Materials
If you’ve ever stepped on a scale, and you felt you were going to break it, then you know exactly what I mean by high-quality materials. Yes, the surface of the scale is glass, but it’s thick glass that’s made to handle high-pressure environments, such as someone standing on it! You won’t stand on this scale and feel like it’s going to break under your feet, which would end terribly since it is made of glass.
In addition to being made with thick glass, the LCD screen has not faded or developed dead pixels in the 3+ years I have owned it (since this article’s date, of course).
There are a few things you want to take into consideration with this scale. First, it is glass, so try not to drop it from the second story window. Although, most scales won’t work after you do something like that. Second, I’ve read some people have problems with it not being waterproof. Just make sure you dry off before you step on the scale after you shower. Otherwise, this is an excellent scale, and I haven’t had any complications with it, so I highly recommend it!
In conclusion, this scale is very durable, easy to use and above all, accurate. I recommend weighing yourself under the same conditions every time in order to stay consistent. For example, I weight myself once a week, usually first thing when I get out of bed Friday mornings. I think people start to freak out when they weigh themselves in all kinds of body states – when they have empty stomachs, full stomachs, or the part of the day where the body retains all the water. Remember, our weight actually changes through the day – stick to the same time of day for consistency and accuracy. I know, sometimes I don’t like what the scale says either, but at least it’s honest and easy to look at!