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