Bought a Tantia Body Fat Scale
I spent yet more money on a digital weight loss tool, and this time is was something that I resisted for a long time because of the negative reviews of accuracy. Body fat scales have been plagued and demonized on the web because of their lack of accuracy in measuring body fat. However, it was one of the tools I did not have and when I passed by it one day in a sports store I plopped the credit cards down and bought it.
Which One Did I Buy
I purchased the BC 532, but depending on which country you are in the actual product number may be different. The image of it is at the beginning of this post.
Is it Accurate
The important thing to note about a body fat scale is that the measurement can change a lot during the day. If I measure myself first thing in the morning my reading can be much higher than at the end of the day. For example, when I first got it my readings in the morning were around 19% while at the end of the day was around 18%. 1% in body fat is a big deal.
The reason for this, according to Tantia, is my hydration levels. The higher your hydration levels, the more accurate and consistent your readings will be.
It is All About the Trend
That being said, I now take my weight measurements first thing in the morning and then my body fat measurements before I go to bed, at exactly the same time. I ensure that I am hydrated sufficiently each time. With this structure in mind, the true value of a body fat scale can be realized.
As opposed to the distinct number it gives me, I am not watching the body fat trend in relation to my weight. What I actually want to see is my weight staying the same or going up while my body fat goes down. This way I know I am maintaining (or putting on muscle) and getting rid of that body fat. I have seen this effect as my reading is now around 17.5% (I started around 20%) while my weight has only decrease slightly. That is the right trend.
Glad I Bought It
Overall, I am glad I bought it as it has given me one more key performance indicator to track on my journey. Without measurement we have no idea if what we are doing is working or hindering us. That to me is invaluable.
If you are interested in a scale like this, the cheapest I have seen it is on Amazon.