Weight Loss: It Starts With the Scale

So I’ve decided to try and drop 10lbs before Fall, and then work on another 10lbs during the Fall into the Winter. Hoping that this will keep me from gaining any excessive weight during the Winter. It isn’t actually true, but it feels like every single winter I gain a whole size. It’s really not true, but it sure feels that way. I decided to get a new scale to get started on the right foot, and because my old digital scale is like one of the original digital scales and not working very well anymore.

The only thing I wanted besides to be able to read my weight, was the ability to see body fat. I got more than I wanted with this one, and I’m glad. I want to tell you the features because this might be the best scale I have ever owned. It is probably the most expensive. LOL It was a whopping $60 but I’m serious about getting the weight down a bit and keeping it off.

The stuff I love best about this scale:

  • It measures my weight in 0.2-lb. increments, which is great because you can see when there is any difference at all. Of course I have to make sure I am weighing myself at the same time everyday. Unlike most people, I like to weigh myself in the evening before bed, because it motivates me more the next morning to start my whole day off right and I don’t get discouraged thinking about whatever it says that early in the morning. LOL
  • It measures BMI (body mass index) which is nice to know. It basically takes your height/weight/age and sex and then lets you know if you are underweight, normal, overweight or obese. Really this helps only to know your target weight loss, and how much you should be aiming for. The better option is:
  • Measuring Body Fat Percentage, which is does. Basically, when someone says they want to “lose weight” really what they mean is “I want to lose fat”. duh! Well, your body fat percentage is the percentage of fat your body contains. Example: If you are 150 pounds and 10% fat, it  means that your body consists of 15 pounds fat and 135 pounds lean body mass (bone, muscle, organ tissue, blood and everything else). Uhm. I wish the scale only said I was 10% fat. LOL Wonder what it would say if I had some tissue or an organ removed. (I know, not funny)
  • It checks your hydration level. I like this simply because I know there are tons of days where I am not drinking as much water as I should. This helps me keep this in check. Drinking more water also keeps me from being so hungry all the time. Thus the whole process helps with weight loss.
  • Lastly, it measures your bone mass which is the best way to check your bone health. Kinda keeps you in check for things like osteoporosis, bone fractures, etc. You shouldn’t rely on the scale only for this though – because I’m sure its not fool proof.

Anyway, the scale holds up to 400lbs (which I obviously do not need, but its nice to know anyway). It’s the same size as every other scale I’ve owned and its AWESOME.

If you want the same professional scale I got, it was at Target. Here’s the link.

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