The name WiFi-Scale, at first utterance, sounds like a joke. What’s next, a WiFi-Microwave? Fridge? Why would a scale need to stay “connected”? Is it downloading Richard Simmons quotes to keep you focused on your weight-loss mission? Is it emailing you to tell you it misses you when you haven’t weighed-in for a week? All joking aside, why do you need a scale that uploads your data for historical viewing?
Well, I’m not suggesting that you need one because it’s the latest in a slew of digital health-meter gadgetry. It’s not because they’re cheaper (ha!) or better looking than non-Wifi Scales. WiFi Scales are all about solving one of humanity’s most common mistakes, and the way I discovered this has nothing to do with weight.
A few years ago, my wife bought me a GPS running watch, which I still use today. It’s amazing to have data at-hand during and after a run. I can actually see how well my morning loops around Central Park compare to my best, my average, and my worst. A week ago, I went all the way back through my running history and I saw something pitiful. Over the past year, my average pace around Central Park slowed down by 15%. My average miles per week declined more than 10 miles.
I’m a very goal-oriented person. I like to feel like I’m making progress. I even have runs sometimes that approach my best time ever. I put in the time, so I should slowly get better. Year over year, the numbers said something different. It was a startling discovery, but I realized something that day: we lie to ourselves.
If I don’t get a full week of running in, I’ll make it up over the next few weeks, right? I know when I’ve been eating like crap, and I can adjust the following week by eating healthy. It all works out, doesn’t it? No. The truth is, as we get older, our priorities drift, we get a little slower, we gain a little weight, and our standards slowly degrade. I’m so glad I owned this watch while I was in my near-prime, because I was able to set a standard. Now I can look back and see where I deviated from that standard.
The same thing can be said for the four-footed, glass-top fat calculator that I keep under my bathroom vanity — A.K.A. my WiFi Scale. When I think I’m offsetting my face-stuffing-weekends-visiting-family by eating well for the next few weeks, it tells me I’m not. In fact, the few times I was at my lowest weight over the last year were because of hardships I had to endure at work, or in my family, that changed my normal daily courses of action — and thus my eating habits. Looking back, I was roughly the same weight at this time last year, despite having set the simple goal to be 5 lbs lighter long before now. Day by day, I think I’m making the right choices: I think I’m eating just a little bit healthier, I think I’m running just a little bit more (and if I’m not, I’ll do better next week!)…but the numbers show different.
If you’re not writing down your weight every day, along with the date and time you weighed yourself, you’re probably not seeing the whole picture. The daily ups and downs cause daily smiles and frowns, but in the long run, are you really any lighter? WiFi Scales hand you the answer on a silver (digital!) platter.
Since I’ve already done the research, here are the two WiFi Scales that I think are worth considering:
Top Choice: Withings WS30 (black)
Functionality: Scale, BMI, Bluetooth, WiFi, Mobile App, charting/graphs, quick setup
Second Choice (If I bought again, I’d buy this one): Fitbit Aria
Functionality: Up to 8 users (auto-recognition!), badges for progress, can set goals, measures body fat and BMI, alerts via SMS or email when you reach goals, logs meals (optional), integrates with many other fitness apps
Bryan has worked at We-Care.com since the idea was conceived in 2006, leading all of its technical architecture. Having grown up in a family where volunteering was a part of life, Bryan has found a home at We-Care.com, where his love of technology meets his passion for making a difference in the world. He has been living in NYC's Upper East Side since he graduated at the top of his class from the New York Institute of Technology with a degree in computer science. When not adding new features to We-Care.com, Bryan takes advantage of the city's museums, parks, and theaters (or simply spends quiet nights at home coding).