Confession: I step on a scale on a regular basis. (I also use credit cards, but that’s a post for a different type of blog LOL)
So, when I was offered the chance to try out the EatSmart Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale w/ 4.5″ Backlit LCD Display, I was totally on board.
I use my scale as a tool. I step on it nearly every morning, note the weight, and think about what I might or might not have done to affect my weight. Then I move on with my day, perhaps with a plan to pay more attention to portion sizes or getting up more often from my desk when I’m working.
This is what works for me. Otherwise, I find my weight slowly moving upwards until suddenly nothing fits. If I’m paying attention with a scale, I notice trends before I gain more than a pound or two. I’d like to say it’s muscle gain, but we all know I never lift weights enough to have that kind of body composition change. (Yes, I know I should…) I would love to be one of those people who can exercise regularly and eat healthy and have their jeans fit every time they put them on. I’m not. Maybe it’s my love of beer (probably), maybe it’s because I don’t lift weights (yeah), maybe it’s just my 44 year old metabolism… Whatever, my body keeps trying to add weight and quite frankly, I don’t want to buy new clothes.
So, it’s important to me that my scale be accurate. I’ve now been stepping on this scale for two months and I’ve found that it seems remarkably consistent. I’ve been also using my old scale (which is all over the place) and a measuring tape that they sent and I feel like the scale is giving me back accurate numbers. And, yes, I have stepped off and back on numerous times to check it LOL. And maybe moved it around my house to different locations. It may be showing a number I’m not thrilled with, but at least it’s showing it consistently. In fact, I’ve been using it to weigh the cat since she’s actually on a diet.
Here are some other useful features:
- Extra Large 4.5″ LCD display w/ Accubright blue backlight
- 4 High Precision EatSmart Sensors – Consistent and accurate measurement up to 400 lbs or 180 kgs every time;
- Graduation increments of .2 lbs. / 3oz.
- Auto Calibrated;
- Auto Power-Off;
- Runs on 2 AAA batteries (included)
If you are going to use a scale, use a good one. The EatSmart scale is definitely high on my list of choices.
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1. Weigh at the same time each day, preferably in the morning, in the same amount of clothing. Even better, only weigh yourself once or twice a week.
2. Accept that your weight may fluctuate.
3. Watch for trends. Weight up today? Did you eat a salty meal last night? Where are you in your cycle? Don’t worry about one day up but rather watch to see if you are on an upward path over the course of a few days or a week or two.
4. Remember that it is simply a tool in your tool box. It is not judging you. It’s not the mean girl telling you that you are fat. It’s just one more tool that can give you feedback.
5. If the scale affects your mental health, step away from the scale. If it’s making you obsessed or setting the tone for your day, don’t use it. There are plenty of other ways out there to measure your progress.
Do you use a scale? If not, do you track in some other way or are you able to just not worry about it and have your jeans still fit? Am I the only one who has to fight the upward weight creep?
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Disclaimer: I was given the scale free for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.
19 thoughts on “Tips for using a scale to your advantage”
Scales are such catch 22/double edged swords. I think your tips are spot on, especially the note that if you are finding it affecting your mental health, don’t go there. It isn’t worth it!
Yes! If it messes with your head, don’t go there!
Some people count calories and that’s okay too. I use phrases like, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, but that’s just to fight off cravings and beat the bad stuff and it keeps me on track with my diet and exercise. It works for me and I’m not ashamed of it.
It’s whatever works for you and at the end of the day, things that work for others may not work for you.
Sometimes that phrase works for me. Sometimes it doesn’t…
Some people do really well weighing themselves often I am not one of them LOL. But that’s a whole other blog post. Our scales have always been all over the place and inconsistent from day to day. My husband is looking for another one so I will suggest this to him. Good review
I really like it and I’m one of those people who finds the scale really useful. Now if I could just get moving more…
I never step on a scale actually. I don’t believe in the number, I believe in how my clothes fit. I used to weigh myself multiple times a day and finally got myself over that.
I’ve never done the multiple times every day and usually forget a few days of the week. I’d use my clothes, but all my clothes have spandex now…
Really good tips about the scale. I try not to use mine but it haunts me daily. Thanks for the review this looks like a cool scale.
I don’t use it every day (if I forget before I get dressed, I don’t step on), but I do use it regularly.
I have an EatSmart scale and find it very reliable. Glad I made that purchase.
So far, it seems super accurate…
I don’t weigh in everyday, but I do weigh myself once a week to assess.
I think it can give valuable feedback, especially if you are just trying to maintain.
I love your tips! I use my scale daily and it’s starting to become inconsistent. I’ve been eyeing this one, though, and I’m glad to hear that it’s consistent!
Love this statement of yours …
“And, yes, I have stepped off and back on numerous times to check it LOL. And maybe moved it around my house to different locations.”
Are you the invisible fly in my bathroom?
Stopped using the scale recently, for the most part. I do occasionally, but it just wasn’t a good thing for me. When my weight was low, I’d slack off, and when it was high, I’d be grumpy. Neither was contributing positively toward my fitness. I probably weigh myself once a week now? Down from at least once a day.
I normally weigh myself once a week but I’ll go for a month or so when I start to get too concerned with what the scale is telling me. Allan’s mom weighs herself every day and she swears it helps to see the fluctuations each day instead of hopping on once a week and being disappointed if you worked hard and didn’t lose or even gained weight for the week. I’ve never weighed myself daily but I’d be willing to give it a shot so I’d know how much I fluctuate from day to day.
Good tips. I’m not sure how accurate my scale is, but I think it’s consistent. Even if I’m not sure if I actually weigh what it says, I can be sure that I have lost or gained as it says.
My husband is a proponent of weighing yourself right before you get in the shower in the morning.
Thanks for sharing at the Retro Re-Pin Party. I hope to see you next week.