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Bathroom Scale Basics

With a couple of days into the new year, we’re sure you all are highly motivated to achieve your fitness goals. Whether it is to get fit, exercise more, or even just eat right, Salter has a range of Bathroom Scales that not only measure your weight but also help you understand your body composition thereby giving a more accurate measure of your overall health and fitness.

We interviewed our in-house expert to answer a few your queries. Read on!

  1. How have Bathroom Scales evolved over time?
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  1. Where should I start when looking to buy a Bathroom Scale?

When you are considering purchasing a new Bathroom Scale you have four basic options to choose from:

  • Mechanical
  • Digital
  • Analyser
  • Smart

MECHANICAL BATHROOM SCALES

Salter Mechanical Bathroom Scales
Salter Mechanical Bathroom Scales

Mechanical Bathroom Scales are the simplest and most straight forward way to monitor your weight. They require no batteries, little or no set up and will last years. They are good for measuring weight only and do not display body composition measurements such as Body Fat, Body Water etc.

A typical mechanical scale may have a maximum capacity of 21st (136kg) and graduations of 1lb (1kg) while digital scales typically have a maximum capacity of 31st 8lb (200kg) and graduations of 1/4lb (0.1kg). A digital scale will weigh a higher capacity more precisely. With a mechanical scale, you will struggle to see small changes in weight.

If you monitor your weight once a month, irregularly or really don’t require precise measurements, a Mechanical Bathroom Scale might be the right choice for you.

DIGITAL BATHROOM SCALES

SALTER DIGITAL BATHROOM SCALE
SALTER DIGITAL BATHROOM SCALE

Digital Bathroom Scales are very simple to use as they display weight only. They come equipped with an easy to read LCD display and typically have of 1/4lb (0.1kg) while some models may be as precise as 1/8lb (0.05kg).

Accounting for a 10 to 20 times more precision than a mechanical scale, digital bathroom scales may have higher maximum capacities 39st 6lb (250kg). You can choose your preferred units of st, kg or lb. Depending upon the model you choose, some scales are equipped with the facility to show the difference between your current weight and your previous weight.

If you are weighing yourself regularly once a week or more frequently and wish to track small changes they Digital Bathroom Scales might be the right choice for you.

 ANALYSER BATHROOM SCALES

SALTER ANALYSER BATHROOM SCALE
SALTER ANALYSER BATHROOM SCALE

Analyser Bathroom Scales use Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to measure weight and impedance. From this, the quantity of fat and water can then be estimated.

These measurements include Weight, Body Fat %, Body Water %, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, BMI, and BMR.

Understanding your body composition gives a more accurate measure of your overall health and fitness than weight alone. You may go to the gym and be disappointed to find your weight has increased. This could be because you are gaining muscle mass, losing body fat and your body composition is changing.

If you are embarking on a new diet or exercise regime and want a more detailed picture of your body composition an Analyser Bathroom Scale might be right for you. 

SMART BATHROOM SCALES

SALTER SMART BATHROOM SCALE
SALTER SMART BATHROOM SCALE

Smart Bathroom Scales will transmit your results via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet. Trends can be tracked and measurements explained with healthy/recommended ranges. This gives a much better picture of your overall health and fitness. It is quite normal for your weight and body composition to vary throughout the day depending on when, for example, you last ate or drank.

Taking a single reading gives a snapshot only.  It is only through monitoring measurements over time that trends can be established which can track your health and fitness choices. If you can see over a period of several months your weight is gradually increasing you may wish to change something in your diet or exercise plan to prevent it from continuing to rise. Equally, if you are making healthy choices, a smart scale can show you just how far you have come and keeps you motivated.

If you want to have the most detailed picture of your health and fitness available a Smart Bathroom Scale might be right for you.

  1. Is there a difference between a Body Analyser Scale and a BMI Scale?

Body Mass Index or BMI is just one of the measurements an analyser scale can monitor, however, it does not use BIA. BMI is an index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify underweight, overweight and obesity by medical professionals. It is a good indication of if you are a healthy weight however it is not perfect.

Imagine a rugby player or a bodybuilder. They may have a very high Muscle Mass %, a high weight and therefore a high BMI. Their BMI reading may say they are obese, however, in reality, they are extremely physically fit athletes. Now imagine a marathon runner. They may be very lean, have a low weight and therefore a low BMI. Their BMI reading may say they are underweight, however, in reality, they are extremely physically fit athletes.

Despite these extremes for most people, BMI is a good indication of a healthy weight for height and it is a medically accepted guideline. Body Analyser scales use BIA to measure weight and impedance. From this, the quantity of fat, water, muscle mass etc. can then be estimated. 

Understanding your body composition gives a more accurate measure of your overall health and fitness than weight alone and BMI alone.

  1. How can I track my progress with the MiBody App? 
Salter MiBody App
Salter MiBody App

The Salter MiBody Scales will transmit your results via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet. Trends can be tracked, and measurements explained with healthy/recommended ranges. This gives a much better picture of your overall health and fitness. It is quite normal for your weight and body composition to vary throughout the day depending on when, for example, you last ate or drank. If you can see over a period of several months your weight is gradually increasing you may wish to change something in your diet or exercise plan to prevent it from continuing to rise. Equally, if you are making healthy choices, the MiBody App can show you just how far you have come and keeps you motivated. You can also track Blood Pressure and Body Measurements. This can allow you to see not only that you have lost 1st and 3% Body Fat but also that your waist has decreased by 2 inches. Tracking these changes can keep you motivated and highlight areas where you can tailor your diet or exercise plan towards.  

  1. In the day and age of technology, why should I go for Mechanical Scales?

Mechanical Bathroom Scales are the simplest and most straight forward way to monitor your weight. They require no batteries, little or no setup and will last for years. They are good of weight only and can’t display body composition measurements such as Body Fat, Body Water etc. They often have lower maximum capacities and wider graduations than digital versions as they are limited by the size of the dial.

With a Mechanical Bathroom Scale, you will struggle to see small changes in weight as they usually have graduations of 1 lb (1kg). If you monitor your weight once a month, irregularly, infrequently or really don’t require precise measurements a Mechanical scale might be the right choice for you.

 

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