(Closed) Any Experience with Smart Scales that Measure Body Fat, Bone Density, Etc.

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
4238 posts
Honey bee


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A single, one-site device is no where near effective enough to calculate such numbers. A one-site testing device might be considered “better than nothing” but I suspect that you can already estimate your general numbers with as much accuracy; there’s no need to buy a thing.

Just my $0.02.



Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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gdgbd:  I’ve had two different smart scales and they’re brilliant! They’re another useful tool to help maintain my health. But they are a luxury item and definitely not necessary.

I’ve never heard of a scale that also measures bone density and water retention, where are you seeing that? My current scale (the Withings) measures weight, body fat, heart rate, and some atmospheric readings.

The only really accurate way to measure body fat is to have a fancy body composition scan (you go in a little pod) or a water displacement thing, and those cost about $150. I’ve done that, too. And I found my Withings scale to be relatively inaccurate in comparison (as you’d expect): the Withings says I have a higher body fat percentage than the fancy, accurate measurement. 

Either way, I figure it doesn’t matter how accurate the body fat reading is, what matters is tracking my body fat. If I see that number going down, I know it’s a good thing even if my body fat still shows as relatively high. Same for the heart rate: the Withings always shows faster than my Apple Watch (which is very accurate for heart rate), but it’s close enough and gives you an idea of your morning heart rate, which is useful to know.

I used to have a FitBit scale (which I also liked) but I switched to the Withings when FitBit stopped supporting Apple software (idiots). I want all my health data to be stored in my Healthbook app, where I can control, backup, and export it, and the Withings allows this. Overall I prefer the Withings just in general, platform aside. But both scales are great for wireless measuring — each time I weigh, all the data is automatically transferred to my calorie tracker app and my Healthbook. Easy!

Post # 5
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I don’t think they are worth the money, as they aren’t very accurate, even about body fat percentage. I get a bodpod done evey 3-6 months, and it only costs $40, and it very accurate and comprehensive. The one I have done shows body fat vs not fat mass, as well as calculates muscle mass and bone density. I then see an exercise physiologist who works with me on how to lose body fat without compromising my muscle mass.  I highly recommend getting tested by a professional! 

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