How to Pick a Body Composition Scale

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When people set out to acquire a body weighing device, the primary objective is to measure their weight. However, knowing one’s weight is not the only thing to check in the body. The onset of high-tech scales has enabled deeper body composition analysis that informs the doctors and clients about their current body fat, BMI, and body weight. They use small electric pulses to determine differences in body fat and muscle tissues. Unlike analog and simplistic digital scales, a body composition scale can tell what is going on within the body. 

It is possible for the body weight to remain constant but have significant body composition fluctuations. Selecting a high-tech scale requires an understanding of what it offers and how it will fit into the clients’ lifestyle. Here are the things to consider.

Accuracy
Body fat scales use bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) for measurement. Although single measurements may have significant differences, body composition values taken at different times for an extended period can give accurate figures. Most consumer grade scales have a degree of error. However, smart body scales that can help to identify trends rather than exact values are recommended. 


Offered Functions
Before purchase, one needs to know what the scale does. Most provide the BMI, body weight, and body fat measurements. However, for practitioners who want more data such as muscle mass, hydration levels, among others, may look for scales that offer these. 

Mobile apps
Smart scales are advanced and have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. Once connected, they can send the data to a PC or mobile device for recording and subsequent analysis. The advantage that they provide is the ability to record data, unlike analog scales that require a user to remember or note down every figure. However, these smart scales need mobile apps to store information. It is recommended to download the available apps and see whether they are worthwhile before purchasing the device. Clients should, therefore, purchase scales that sync with any fitness apps used often.

A body composition scale can prove to be valuable when monitoring a patient’s weight. They may not always give the exact values but can be instrumental in displaying trends and informing doctors on strategies to employ on their patients. 

Ellen Cone