Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Body Fat Monitor

A good body fat scale can give you the information you need to be healthier and happier.

Person standing on a scale
Body fat scales send a small electrical pulse through your body to calculate over a dozen different metrics.Unsplash/I Yunmai

While the ideal body fat for each individual is different depending on a number of circumstances and factors, most doctors agree that knowing your body fat is important for making good decisions about eating and exercising. By sending a very low electrical current through your body via your feet, body fat scales give you far more important information than a typical pair of bathroom scales, and for the additional information yielded, they’re really not that much more expensive. When shopping for body fat scales, consider controls and displays, the ability of a set of scales to allow multiple user profiles, and other special features that make some scales more convenient than others.

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Controls & Display

Most body fat calibrators are easy to operate and have large, backlit displays.Etekcity

While having a pair of body fat scales is helpful to any fitness program, if the scales you pick are too complicated or impossible to read, they’ll provide very little benefit. For most people, simplicity is best. Many scales sync wirelessly with various apps and allow you to monitor progress as you lower your weight and body fat. Regardless of which scales you choose, make sure they come with a complete set of detailed instructions, as many monitor a number of other factors too. Some of those other data include muscle mass, BMI, BMR, bone mass, protein, skeletal muscle and other data. As far as the display is concerned, for many who use the scales first thing in the morning before they even put on their glasses, large displays are simply handier than small ones. Also, backlit displays are often easier to read than more conventional ones.

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User Profiles

Some units can sync with smart devices and allow you to create your own personal history.RENPHO

If you live by yourself, a body fat scale that is targeted toward a single user should suit you just fine. But if more than one person—maybe the entire family—might be using the scales, you’ll want to be sure you choose one that can handle multiple user profiles. Some scales sync with apps, so each family member can set up their own private profile that is not viewable by others who use the scales. Many also allow you to input goals and to track body fat and other health factors on an ongoing basis. As members of your family exercise more and eat better, all will be able to see their weight and body fat percentage decrease. That downward trend is sometimes just the incentive to continue working even harder toward a healthier lifestyle.

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Other Features

Some units include fitness programs, making them more useful and versatile.FITINDEX

Some body fat scales have special features that simply make them more convenient than other models. WiFi-enabled scales allow easy communication between scales and smart devices that you are working with to build your fitness. Some scales also offer far more different kinds of information than others. And while much of that data might be hard to understand, a little research will help you see why the information is important to your eating and fitness plan. Scales that have auto-calibration are easier to use than those that require you to calibrate them manually, and for those who prefer very specific weight measurements, some measure in increments as small as 0.1 pounds, showing even very small gains or losses. Some body fat scales will even display goals based on your personal information, including current measured weight and body fat.