One of the more terrifying aspects of losing weight is getting on the scales each week. Never quite sure if it will be friend or foe?
Well imagine how bad that gets when your scales have the ability to tweet your weight! or make it your facebook status? That’s exactly what the withings scales can do.
They connect via an iPhone app and while the ability to tweet/facebook your weight can be turned off (thank goodness!) the information that is shown on the app is actually really cool.
You set yourself up an account via the website, download the app and get the scales. Then each time you weigh yourself you get your weight, body fat percentage and your BMI*. Bonus it comes out as a lovely graph which if you are doing everything correctly to lose weight has a downward trend to it which is most satisfying. They can hold data for more than one account and if two of the accounts weigh a similar amount it will ask you which one you are?
Now admittedly when we first got these scales I used to yell at them quite alot. I’d been using a really old set of scales and had worked hard to drop off a few kg and then got new scales and BAM! gained 5kg in one go. It is very sensitive so it does pick up the variations in your weight much more so than any other scales I’ve used before, so in the beginning some days I was up, some days I was down.
Now that my program is working it is quite nice to see the graph going steadily down. Let’s hope that trend continues for a bit longer yet.
So scary ability to tweet my weight aside, it is really nice to have an accurate way to measure my weight and have the hard data there. Weight loss is about being accountable, how much food goes in, how much exercise are you doing, how much you weigh, are you building muscle or losing fat. It’s almost as if the more data you have the more successful you will be as you have more benchmarks to keep you accountable. I like that, it makes me work harder.
Plus how cool is it to have scales that connect to the internet??
*I pretty much ignore the BMI measurement as I’m so short I fall outside the “average” that it is calculated on and even at my very fittest point was still considered obese.