Body Fat Percentage Scales Review

Once upon a time bathroom scales just told you your weight, now they can tell you how much of your weight is fat. The new generation of digital bathroom scales can also track your weight loss and share the information via Wi-Fi with your smartphone, tablet or iPad. When buying digital scales, look for ones that are easy to read and can store information for all the family.

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Multiple Features

Check a site that sells several brands of body fat scales. That will give you a good idea of the features you'll get for your money. For example, it's probably a good idea to buy a scale that also gives you a Body Mass Index reading: Omron and Tanita have several models. The medium-priced Omron Full Body Composition Monitor analyzes fat, muscle, bone and BMI and can store statistics for up to five people. In a higher price range, the Tanita BF-350 Body Composition Analyzer is a more appropriate buy for a fitness professional or health club and includes Tanita's health management system software, which you can connect to a computer. Also, don't forget to check the weight capacity of each scale, as this can vary.

The Digital Diet Assistant

If you want scales that connect to your computer via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, look for one that connects directly with an app so you can track your readings and diet goals on the go. Withings Smart Body Analyzer or FitBit Aria fit the bill. The Withings scale also analyzes your heart rate and even track the air quality in your home.

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