Losing weight is easy … after every skinny person I know. It is much harder for most of us. Adding gadgets will not make weight loss easier, but it makes tracking your progress much more insightful.
If you are overweight and want to make progress, you really need nothing more than a calculator, add calories and a basic bathroom scale to track your progress. However, getting more specific information about multiple factors gives you a more complete picture of your fitness (or, in my case, lack thereof). And if you have multiple data points that show improvement, you can be discouraged from getting discouraged when losing weight is less "easy" than you said.
In fact, we talk about hardware and software for weight tracking, exercise and food intake. We do not give specific tips on diets or training methods, because honestly there are better places than Review Geek to find diet information that works for you. But gadgets and apps? That's our specialty. Let's take a look at the tools we found most useful.
Bathroom Scales: Renpho Smart Body Fat Scales ($ 30)
This personal scale is one level higher than the standard analog dial that your parents had in their bathroom. In addition to a large, backlit LCD display that is easy to see even without glasses or contacts, this model can track up to eight different users for large families with a maximum capacity of 180 kg for … er, large families.
It works just like a conventional scale, but users can work their way into more advanced settings to get estimated body fat, muscle mass and even bone weight. It also syncs with your smartphone so you can track your progress over time. For a scale that costs no more than a pure weight model, you can stock up on a local dealer, it's packed with functionality, and the tempered glass top makes cleaning easy.
The Renpho was our top budget pick in our round of the best smart scales, so if you want something chastised (or you're just curious about what breeders even look like in the scale world), feel free to dig ,
Kitchen Scale: Escali Primo ($ 25)
Calorie counting is relatively straightforward for packaged foods. But if you cook for yourself – and you should, if you make an effort to eat healthier alternatives more often – you will want a precise way to measure caloric intake on whole foods and cuts of meat. Enter the kitchen scale, a smaller, more accurate scale that has always been the friend of chefs and bakers.
Modern digital versions are faster and more accurate than ever, and you do not have to spend a bunch to get a quality model. The Escali Primo Digital Kitchen Scale can measure up to 11 pounds and up to a few hundredths of an ounce (that's 5 pounds to one gram in metric units) and perform quickly.
It can even set the weight of an empty to zero first a plate or a glass so that you can get an accurate measure of your food without having to clean the stainless steel cover. It comes in nine different colors to decorate your kitchen, all for only twenty-five dollars. Not that bad.
Water Bottle: Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth 32oz ($ 15)
Drinking plenty of water can benefit everyone, not just dieters. But it's especially good for us: Fill your stomach to make you feel full, moving water through your system burns a few calories, and proper hydration keeps the rest of your body working more efficiently.
Doctors and dieticians recommend eight glasses a day or about 64 ounces (two liters). Take one of these Jumbo Water Bottles from Nalgene and finish it twice a day and you have reached your recommended amount. It's made of hardened plastic that can easily absorb blows for years, and a simple scale on the side.
The standard screw cap can be swapped with 63mm Nalgene (or other) caps for a sports bottle top, mug-style sipper, or an adapter to trim on sports equipment. Do you need a water bottle that can annoy you? We covered you.
Tape Measure: Perfect Body Tape Measure ($ 6)
When You Exercise and Diet At the same time, you may not see the specific weight loss you want when You build muscle. That's okay – really! – But it's hard to tell your brain that quantifiable results on the scale do not tell the whole story.
An alternate data point is great for motivation and your waistline (and other wonderful parts) works well for it. The tape measure of a fabric cutter is the classic way, but these new plastic designs are especially practical. They combine a soft tape with a roll that resembles a standard tape measure, a clip that gets a perfect loop, and a stopper mechanism that prevents it from rolling back. Simply wrap it around your waist (or wherever), insert the stopper end into the clip and press the button. It will narrow you down for a perfect size and lock so you can let it go and just read it without bending over.
Calorie Tracker App: MyFitnessPal (free)
"CICO" is the trendy new term for "calories in, Calories out ". But it's not a new idea: weight loss has not left this particular concept for over a century. There are dozens of apps to help you track your calorie intake and tell you how much you need to lose weight, but we like MyFitnessPal (now owned by Under Armor).
In addition to the usual food, exercise, and weight tracking, the tool contains a database of six million foods that can be automatically searched for and entered into portions. If a food is not included in the database, you can quickly scan a barcode or manually enter your own food. And it does not stop at calorie tracking: The system also tracks macronutrients for more complete fitness goals, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, and even vitamins. MyFitnessPal can also be integrated with accounts of popular activity trackers.
Fitness Tracker: FitBit Alta ($ 100)
If you already have an Apple Watch or Wear OS Smartwatch, you probably have all the wearable smarts you need. But if you're new to the segment, the FitBit Alta is a great upgrade over the standard pedometer. It tracks steps, estimated calorie consumption and overall activity, and synchronizes it with your smartphone via the official FitBit app.
Unlike cheaper trackers, you can check your progress on the black-and-white screen, which includes a simple watch. Date and message notifications from your phone with built-in vibration
The Alta is splash-proof (not waterproof for swimming) and its tapes can be exchanged with both the expensive FitBit versions and cheaper third-party tapes. Unlike a full smartwatch, the battery lasts for almost a week. Do you want something capable? The Alta HR adds a heart rate monitor for $ 30 more. Would you like to compare FitBits to choose the model that best suits your lifestyle? Take a look at our breakdown of the various FitBit models here.
Good tools can not persuade you to stop plundering the box of pastries someone brought to your weekly company meeting, but you can quantify and demonstrate your fitness goals. The changes you make – be it during lunch break or after work – add up after the time.