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Guide to Weighing Scales (Bathroom) to Measure Body Weight

Weighing Scales

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Measuring Body Weight On Scales

Whether or not you are following a specific weight loss diet, maintaining a healthy weight is an important indicator of personal health, so it pays to have a reasonably accurate set of bathroom weighing scales to record your weight reduction or gain. It's not essential to buy an expensive doctor's scales or a digital electronic scale, but the more you pay the more accurate the scales are likely to be. Some bathroom scales offer additional features, such as measurement of your body-fat percentage or body-water percentage, although these values tend to be approximate only. Tanita™ is one of the best brands of weighing scales, and offers a range of reliable models. Alternatively, you will find a variety of different-priced scales in your local Wal-Mart.

Best Types of Weighing Scales

As long as your scales display an easily viewable measurement of your weight, and are reasonably rugged in design, they're fine. Electronic digital scales offer extra features, like body-fat analyser, but even lithium batteries need changing occasionally(!), so you may prefer an ordinary mechanical model for total reliabilty. Popular brands of weighing scale include: Tanita Ultimate Scale ($30); Taylor Precision Tech Lithium Scale 7000 ($30); Taylor #5563 Body Fat Analyzer Scale with Multi Color Display ($40); Healthometer Big Foot 400 LB Dial Scale HAP200KD-41 ($40); Tanita-Jenny Craig HealthyTrack HD339 Scale ($60). Prices approximate.

Guide To Using Your Weighing Scales

If you are following a weight loss diet program, and wish to keep a record of your weight reduction, there are two ways to use your bathroom scales.

  • Weigh Yourself Every Day - Not Recommended!
    Jumping on your weighing scales each day is totally counter-productive, especially if you are female. Why? Because it makes you focus on microscopic fluctuations in your body weight. Point is, women's weight fluctuates considerably due to water retention at certain points of the menstrual cycle. So monitoring your weight on a daily basis will leave you confused and demotivated. In short, the more often you use your scales, the less likely you are to reduce weight.
  • Weigh Yourself Every Week - Recommended!
    It's far better to measure your weight once a week. According to research data from the US National Weight Control Registry, this is how successful dieters use their weighing scales. It encourages a longer term view of weight management and stops you obsessing about temporary ups and downs.

Since body weight typically changes during the day, and because a scale may display differing results depending on where it is placed, here are some tips for how to measure your weight on your bathroom scales.

  • Weigh yourself once a week - same time, same day.
  • Ideally, weigh yourself without clothes, as soon as you get up in the morning.
  • Place your scales on the same spot each time.
  • After weighing yourself, record your new weight measurement in writing. Do not rely on memory!

After using your weighing scales, remember to re-measure your chest, waist, hips, upper arms and upper thighs. This is essential, as some weeks you will lose no weight, but may lose inches! Knowing this helps to maintain your diet motivation.

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