When you’re trying to lose weight, measuring body fat
is equally as important as measuring your overall weight!
Health is about more than weight, which is why modern smart scales do more than weigh you. While these scales can’t yet tell you if those jeans make your butt look good, they can measure and track changes in things like muscle mass, water weight, and body fat percentage to give you a more well-rounded look at your health, including BMR, body fat percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, and visceral fat.
Body fat scales are easy to use. You simply step on the scale, and the tool measures both your body weight and your estimated fat percentage.
Such scales work with the help of sensors underneath your feet that use bioelectrical impedance. When you step on the scale, a small electrical current runs up through your leg and across your pelvis, measuring the amount of resistance from body fat.
Then, the sensors in the scale measure the level of resistance that the current met as it travels back through your other leg.
As a rule of thumb, greater body resistance means a higher fat percentage. This is since fat contains less water than muscle, so it’s denser than muscle and more difficult for a current to travel through.
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