It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these and I got a new toy recently, so I figured it was time.
Recently I purchased the Eufy BodySense Smart Scale from Amazon. They had it at $10 off for a bit (not any more unfortunately), so it was a steal. And I wanted something I could use to track my weight and other things like the device that they have at 5 Star Nutrition. We had a decent scale, but as a techie, I like toys — and it was in my “toy” price range at $40. 🙂
Keep in mind that I’ve been on a bit of a weight roller coaster since October 2012 when I decided to get my butt in shape. At my heaviest I weighed 262 pounds and was pushing over the 38″ waist of my jeans. I started at CrossFit Continuum in February of 2013 and with a more paleo lifestyle (and some bouts with Whole30), I got down to 200 and a 34″ waist.
That didn’t last long however. I seem to average out around 229 most of the time, though I’m down some over the last few weeks and weighed in at 224.8 today, nearly 5 years since I started.
Forgetting the weight thing for a minute, I’m a much different person than I was in 2012. Fitter. More active. Happier. My body has completely changed. We all know muscle weighs more than fat, right? So my 225ish weight is a far cry from the 225 I probably hit at some point in 2013 as I was shedding pounds.
Though my eating habits have changed quite a bit, I still like bread and beer, so I’m not going to shrink quite as much as my doctor’s office might like me to.
Anyway… Back to the scale. I’m a geek and I like having data, so I’ve been looking for ways for me to gather that at home without a lot of hassle. This Eufy scale seemed to do everything I wanted. Bluetooth. Android app. Cool.
I’ve been tracking for about a week, and it’s interesting…
- There are variations during the day (i.e. 6am 225.5/31.5 and 2p 224.8/31.2)
- BMI is a joke. The last time I was 165# was in high school, nearly 30 years ago. I was skinny. I will never hit that again. 🙂
- I’m not sure how to interpret some of the other values, such as Bone, Muscle, and Water %. Or the various “mass” measurements.
It’s definitely interesting. I’d like to see my Body Fat % drop, but that’s less a factor of me working out and more a factor of keeping an eye on my diet.
I think it’s good to have a bit more accuracy in the scale (apparently it’s accurate to within about 4/10 of a pound, which is more than accurate enough). So now I’m at the point where I’m just trying to keep a closer eye on things. I don’t need to weigh myself every day, but it’s easy to step on the scale first thing in the morning and when I go to bed to see how things change.
But having more (and easier) data collection is very cool. It’s probably not as accurate as the cool toy at 5-Star Nutrition, but it’s a lot more convenient.
So my question for all you nutrition folks is — is it useful? What would you keep an eye on and what would you ignore?