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Which weight scale to buy? Thoughts?(12 posts)

Which weight scale to buy? Thoughts?eyebob
Dec 25, 2002 8:26 AM
Hey all, Happy X-mas.

I'm in search of a good weight scale to buy tyo monitor my weight as I train. It seems as though some that you can buy help to measure body fat too. Does anyone have any experience with any of these? Do they work as advertised?

Tanita Scales...biknben
Dec 25, 2002 8:46 AM
Tanita makes BF scales that are popular in some of the bike catalogs. I've used one a couple of times. For me, it has worked as advertised.

OTOH, people that own them and use them on a regular basis say they aren't totally reliable. One day it might say 10% and the next it will say 12%. If you use it often enough you'd be able to keep better track of your BF% and notice trends up or down. They only claim to be accurate within 3% so you have to keep that in mind.

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Merry X-Mas to you too.
Dec 25, 2002 11:18 AM
When using a scale like this the key word is it measures trends... I'd be interested how the trends compared with a body comp test with calipers every couple months to give a baseline to the scale.

Merry Christmas!
re: Which weight scale to buy? Thoughts?DaveG
Dec 25, 2002 9:57 AM
I have used a Tanita scale for the last two years. I have found the body fat measurement part to work well if used as recommended - use same time of day, avoid when dehydrated or after drinking alcohol, etc. I don't know if the value is absolutely correct compared to a fullscale body fat density test, but I beleive the relative values are fairly accurate for an individual.
ON second thought.....eyebob
Dec 25, 2002 3:14 PM
Do I need the fat monitoring feature at all?

Dec 25, 2002 4:54 PM
Personally, I wouldn't spend the extra money for a feature that is not very reliable.
Depends... are you liable to get physique schizophrenia?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 25, 2002 6:01 PM
Honestly monitor your body weight... nothing else. One like Katie1 its expensive for a feature that isn't completely reliable. Two you may get too self conscious about body fat and how you eat. And three its not even important. If you are a world class athlete and there is a set point where your body fat percentage needs to be its not important. Even then world class athletes look at the body composition not body fat... meaning fat free volume in the thigh, calf, etc. hardly looking at the body fat % number. Otherwise find a local university or gym that does body fat tests and maybe get it done once or twice a year.

Merry Christmas!
ON second thought.....eyebob
Dec 26, 2002 4:32 AM
Do I need the fat monitoring feature at all?

ON second thought.....katie1
Dec 26, 2002 6:38 AM
Why are you so interested in fat? I am not dismissing that weight loss can help, especially climbing, but shouldn't you be focusing your energy on a training regimen with proper nutrition? If the motor is finely tuned with adequate base miles, rest, spinning, intervals, etc complete with the proper combination of carbs, protein and fat, doesn't performance seem more important than the fact you have 9 or 10% body fat? Just curious. I guess I am amused, since women tend to get more keyed up on body fat than men stereotypically.

From my point of view, I am more focused on meeting certain goals with my riding not zeroing in on the fact I weigh 120 pounds today but 125 pounds tomorrow. Honestly, when my body fat gets too low, I lose some endurance. I just follow what my body tells me feels right.

Good luck with your selection.
Fat thoughts.....eyebob
Dec 26, 2002 12:41 PM
I'm interested it for the same reasons that I'm interested in other facts and figures (no pun intended) that is, it helps me quantify my training. I'm also curious about where my fat % is optimal for endurance. I want to set up a spread sheet to monitor my fat and compare it to the other facets of my training (e.g. at which fat % am I better at time-trialling, hill climbing, etc.) Even if the fat measuring part of these devices is modestly accurate (assuming that the measurements are at least repeatable) then I can start comparing levels. It's really not a physique thing since I too am pretty thin and if anything I would get waif if losing too much fat.

Just bought a Taylor at TargetKerry
Dec 26, 2002 6:04 PM
It is one of their "high end" models - about $30. Accurate when compared side by side with a "doctor's office" beam scale. Precise to 0.5 lb. Lifetime lithium battery. And no confusion from those funky impedance body fat measurements that are subject to many variables. Body fat measurements only cloud your mind - you'll get a pretty good idea by looking in the mirror.
why not just use a mirror?Barnyard
Dec 27, 2002 3:00 PM
The mirror says my ass is fat, but this scale that measures my body fat says differently. Oh boy!