Written by Tamara

How do I choose a personal scale?

In the past, you would only use a scale to determine your body weight. Because your body weight doesn't tell you everything about your physical health, there are more and more scales that also measure fat percentage, muscle mass, fluid content, or bone mass. In this article, I'll tell you what to look for when choosing the scale that's right for you.

I only want to measure my weight

Weight scale

When you're looking for a basic scale that only measures your weight, you have 2 options. A digital scale displays your weight on an LED or LCD display, an analog scale displays your weight on the dial. Digital scales sometimes have extra functions, such as a memory function or a Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement. A BMI measurement calculates how your weight relates to your height. This measurement estimates the health risks associated with your body weight. Analog scales don't have any extra options apart from measuring your weight. Because an analog scale doesn't use batteries, it will always work.

I want to perform a full body analysis

scale with body analysis

A scale that analyzes you body gives you a complete picture of your physical health. The scale analyzes your body using a light, imperceptible shock of electric current that it sends from one of your legs to the other. From the resistance the electric shock experiences, your fat percentage, muscle mass, fluid content, or bone mass is calculated. Several combinations of these values are possible, so it's up to you to choose the scale that analyzes the measurements that matter to you.

Note: A scale with body analysis shouldn't be used when you're pregnant or have electronic implants, such as a pacemaker.

I want to monitor my weight development

weight-monitoring scale

Scales with a memory function will save your measurement. This way, you'll be able to see for yourself whether you've lost weight compared to earlier weighings. Monitoring your weight is even easier with a scale that forwards measurements to your PC, smartphone, or tablet. When you use analysis software to monitor your measured values, all of the information will be laid out for you in graphs or tables. This allows you to easily monitor the development of your body. That way, you'll be even more sure whether you're approaching your target weight, or whether you've reached your desired fat percentage.

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