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**Updated** Maybe it's perfect after all...,
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This review is from: EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale w/ 400 lb. Capacity & Auto Recognition Technology (Health and Beauty)
So, I've owned this scale for a little over two weeks now and have been consistently tracking my results at the times suggested within the user's manual... "To receive the most accurate weight measurement, please weigh yourself first thing when you get up in the morning" and "To receive the most accurate body fat, etc. measurement, please weigh yourself in the evening, before eating."
Having followed this advice, in my initial review I felt that my measurements day-to-day were very consistent, but not that accurate in regards to body composition. Well, with a little help from the Amazon user community, I retract any doubt I once had in this product.
I initially took issue with the body composition measurements not being comparable with those I had received using a hand-held body composition tool at my local LA Fitness. However, after changing the scale setting from "Athletic Male" to just "Male", as suggested by another user, the measurements were spot-on (... maybe I'm not an athlete after all). So, my advice to those purchasing this scale, even if you meet the criteria specified in the manual and "exercise +10 hours of strenuous/aerobic a week"... try both settings. (I'm still curious as to how that setting influences the calculations)
And as for my doubt regarding all of the percentages not adding up to 100% (body fat, total body water, and muscle mass)... that's apparently a misguided expectation on my part. Once again, another user pointed out to me that there's going to be some overlap in the body composition percentages using this type of measuring instrument. By definition, muscle is part water. So from what I understand, water might be counted both in the muscle mass percentage as well as in the total body water percentage, causing the sum of all the percentages to be greater than 100%. Now, if I was a little loose in my explanation there, it's because I don't fully understand it... but a quick search on Google proved that this is in fact the case, and that I should have paid closer attention in Health class.
In conclusion, for the money, you simply can't beat this scale - intuitive set-up (well, maybe not that one setting...), awesome build quality (glass-top, not rubber or plastic like you may think from the pictures), as cool-looking as a scale can be, and most importantly, highly consistent results that are as accurate as can be expected from such a device. Meaning, I'm certain there are more accurate means of determining weight and body composition - but they aren't nearly as practical or affordable as this solution. Excellent deal!
I hope this was helpful, feel free to drop comments or questions.
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Initial post: Apr 2, 2011 6:36:17 PM PDT
Why don't you try the non-athletic mode and see what you get.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2011 2:19:49 PM PDT
Hi - Your body fat, water and muscle are not going to add up to 100%. Muscle and water overlap.
"In order to move muscle, you need water. Muscle is considered an active tissue and water is found in the highest concentrations in active tissue."
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2011 6:21:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2011 6:45:44 AM PDT
Tober - Thanks for the suggestion! I think this has resolved my issue - I don't know why I didn't try this earlier!
... I'll be updating my review soon
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2011 6:47:22 AM PDT
RunnerGirl - Much thanks to you as well! It's interesting how much can be learned from buying a scale.
... I've updated my review
Posted on Nov 16, 2011 7:56:48 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 20, 2012 9:09:11 AM PST
Thank you for sharing your updated opinion.
Posted on Feb 21, 2012 7:46:10 AM PST
N. Wainwright says:
Great Review! Thanks for the update.
Posted on Jun 19, 2012 5:23:15 PM PDT
Tashima Beach says:
Thank you so much for your review. I kept reading so many reviews on the web on how inaccurate the reading can be and made me a little wary about purchasing it. After reading your review, I'm starting to think most people didn't read the manual which suggest to weight yourself first think in the morning which makes perfect sense. My only problem is one dietitian on sparkpeople.com wrote these scales can only measure the bottom half of your body since the sensors goes up one leg and down the other. Do you know if this is true or does it really matter if someone like myself carries more weight in the hip, waist, and leg area? Nevertheless, your review was great.
Posted on Sep 21, 2012 11:17:03 AM PDT
C. Hoag says:
Great review and answers alot of questions that I'm sure I would have if/when I purchase it. Thank you! I'm also looking at the Tanita brand scale. I appreciate your helpful, detailed review here.
Posted on Mar 9, 2013 1:26:39 PM PST