Choosing the Best Digital Scale for Weight Loss

A scale is one piece of equipment that most people will consider essential for weight loss. This may not be true, but if you are going to get one, it’s best to make sure you get the right one.

Do You Need a Scale?

First, take the time to consider whether you need a scale to help you with your weight loss goals. Here are a few reasons why you might not want to get a scale:

  • Daily weigh-ins can be inaccurate and discouraging since your body weight will fluctuate somewhat erratically. Spacing out weigh-ins at longer intervals, such as at your appointments, will eliminate some of the variability and emphasize the trend.

  • Focusing on the weight every day can distract you from other goals such as trying to get healthy or build muscle. Sometimes, you may actually be making progress even when you’re not losing weight. Eating healthier and getting more exercise can often yield health results out of proportion with weight loss on the scale.

  • Weight lost by the numbers doesn’t show what type of weight is lost which may matter more. Losing fat, especially abdominal fat, can do more for your health than losing muscle.

  • Defining yourself by the number can set you up for failure by setting unrealistic expectations. If you put too much emphasis on the number, even highly successful weight loss can seem like a failed effort if you don’t hit your numerical goal.

But if you feel you need a scale, here are some tips for finding a good one.

Finding the Best Digital Scale for You

Does it handle your weight? If you’re looking for medical weight loss because you are in the morbidly obese BMI category, your average scale may not handle your starting weight. Check the maximum weight each scale handles before buying.

Can you read it? Another important feature is to make sure you can read it properly. This may be a matter of having a larger display if your eyesight is poor or having the weight stay on the scale for a while after you step off if you have an obstructed view.

Do you need extra features? Some digital scales have interesting additional features that can be useful. Check out some of the extras in case some of them sound good to you.

Can you operate the scale? Not all scales are easy to use. Test one out before you buy it to make sure the controls are reasonable to figure out.

Does it fit your décor? You don’t want a scale that stands out like a sore thumb. If you notice it every time you look in a room, it will be as if it is taunting you. Find one that you consider attractive.

Is the price right? Finally, make sure the scale is a price you’re willing to pay for it.

Successful weight loss usually requires more help than just a bathroom scale. If you want help with healthy, sustainable weight loss, please contact Med-Fit Medical Weight Loss Clinic in Denver.

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