Are smart scales just a gim­mick, or are they re­ally worth the ex­tra cash?

Men's Health (Australia) - - ASK MH -

While it’s true that a lot of fit­ness tech on the mar­ket is a tri­umph of digi­tised style over sub­stance, look­ing beyond your stan­dard scales could be a wise move. They tell just one story – your weight – and us­ing this sole met­ric to as­sess your con­di­tion is to miss the full pic­ture. Af­ter all, the dial be­tween your toes can shift for any num­ber of rea­sons. Weight loss might sim­ply be wa­ter loss, while weight gain may be the de­sired re­sult of build­ing mus­cle.

Smart scales mea­sure fac­tors such as your body fat, mus­cle mass and bone den­sity, and may even al­low you to sync this in­for­ma­tion with your phone. If you en­joy geek­ing out and re­spond well to visual prompts, this could boost your fit­ness mo­ti­va­tion: in an

Obe­sity Sci­ence & Prac­tice study, peo­ple who used smart scales were more likely to weigh in weekly than those who re­lied on reg­u­lar ones.

Still, smart scales don’t (yet) op­er­ate with pin­point ac­cu­racy, and vari­ables such as your hy­dra­tion lev­els can af­fect the re­sults. Re­mem­ber, too, to strip down to your jocks for ev­ery weigh-in (we like Calvin Klein Un­der­wear, $54.95, calvin­klein.com/au)

The data should be seen more as a guide than fact. As PT James Daly says: “Met­rics shouldn’t be of more in­ter­est to you than your per­for­mance. How your body feels is still the best mea­sure of progress.”

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