How much do you weigh? Do you know? Do you even care? Do you even own a scale?
I’m not a huge scale fan because if the number isn’t what I’d like it to be, then it sets up my frustrated mood for the rest of the morning. Why torture ourselves like this? It’s just a number, after all.
Well things are going to change around here because I just read a really interesting study from the National Institute of Health, which says: “Frequent self-weighing appears to be associated with lower Body Mass Index (BMI) in overweight women.”
I’d gotten a sample Weight Watchers scale from ConAir in the mail recently, and since I now know more about this “frequent weighing” topic, I decided to hop on for a test drive.
It was very easy to use, just one little toe tap and ping, it turned on. It even looks good in my newly built house (in my dream bathroom)—very stylish, yet durable. I was happy to see that it was made of impact-resistant tempered safety glass (I’ll tell you about the broken glass scale another time) and that it measures more than just poundage: body fat, body water, bone mass and BMI. It even comes with longlife lithium batteries, saving me a trip to go out and get batteries (thanks ConAir!).
I could instantly see the scale’s extra large display and I have to say the information it shared was not as tragic as I thought it might be. See, I’d go for years, avoiding scales and just relying on the “jeans test,” but now that I have all of this useful data, I can really appreciate what I’m eating and how certain foods create bloat, water retention and weight gain.
It’s true, monitoring this information can influence successful long-term weight loss and now that these technologies are at our, er, toe tips, we’ll have the most accurate measurements as possible.
Just don’t get all obsess-y on me and starve yourself to get down to 100 pounds and 2 percent bodyfat. Save that data for the imaginary moms who don’t love to eat, because this mom loves to eat and she loves the data every morning on her new scale!
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