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EatSmart Precision GoFit Digital Body Fat Bathroom Scale Review

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Updated July 01, 2012

EatSmart Precision GoFit Digital Body Fat Bathroom Scale

EatSmart Precision GoFit Digital Body Fat Bathroom Scale

Wendy Bumgardner © 2011

The Bottom Line

This bathroom scale not only measures your weight and body fat percentage, it also displays your muscle mass, bone mass and total body water. Up to eight users can store their profiles on the scale and the scale will automatically recognize which person is using it. It can measure in two modes -- athlete and regular. It is an easy-to-use scale suitable for families.

Pros

  • Displays weight to 0.2 lb or 0.1 kg, up to 400 pounds or 180 kilograms.
  • Displays in metric or English units.
  • Automatically recognizes up to eight users.

Cons

  • Should not be used by those with a pacemaker.
  • Doesn't display BMI (body mass index)
  • Doesn't display whether weight or percentages are up or down from last reading.

Description

  • Body weight scale with digital display of 0.2 lb or 0.1 kg increments.
  • Uses bioelectric impedence to estimate body fat, muscle mass, bone mass and total body water.
  • Can be used by up to eight people.

Guide Review - EatSmart Precision GoFit Digital Body Fat Bathroom Scale Review

Weighing yourself regularly is one of the habits of successful weight maintenance. This scale also allows you to follow your body fat percentage, muscle mass, bone mass and total body water.

Scale Features

Besides telling you your weight in units of 0.2 pounds or 0.1 kilograms, this scale also uses a small electric current to measure body fat, water, muscle and bone mass. You simply stand on the scale in your bare, dry feet. (Note: People who have a pacemaker should not use this scale, due to the electric current.)

Setting Up the Scale

Each user inputs their basic data the first time they use it. This includes selecting whether you want athletic male, athletic female, male or female readings. Who is considered to be athletic? Those who do over 10 hours a week of strenuous exercise. People who are already lean and athletic read differently with this method of measurement. You will also need to input your height and age. That's it. Take your first measurement; after that, the scale will automatically recognize which user is on it, unless there are two of you whose weight is nearly identical.

Body Fat Measurement

Body fat is shown as a percentage of weight. As with the other measurements, it is best to track this over time. The scale doesn't store these measurements so you must record them yourself for comparison. Most of us who want to lose weight actually want to lose body fat, not muscle. If you are exercising more and eating less, your body fat percentage may go down while your weight does not -- because you are losing fat but gaining muscle. This measurement can help you determine whether you really are losing unwanted fat. More on: what body fat means.

Total Body Water

If you are like me, you blame swings in scale readings on water retention. This measurement may burst your bubble. Total body water will change from reading to reading based on how well-hydrated you are at the time you take the reading. Try to weigh yourself at the same time each day, wearing the same clothing (or none at all).

Muscle Mass

So, have you really been gaining muscle? Or just not losing fat? This reading will help you track that and may reassure you that your fitness efforts are having an effect.

Bone Mass

The bone mass measurement should not be confused with a bone density measurement, and it is very unlikely to change from day to day. But you may want to look for long term trends.

Bottom Line

The scale performed well, but I found myself missing having it display a body mass index. While many people think the BMI is an inaccurate way to track fitness and fatness, it is a number in common usage that is easy to share with your medical provider, etc. The device also lacks any feature that tells you whether your readings are up or down from the last reading or over a period of time. That means that you have to rely on writing your readings down.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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