I went back and forth a little bit on whether I wanted to review a scale for the blog. We try to encourage a healthy approach to fitness and weight and for me, the scale has a very “unhealthy” past. After thinking about it for a couple days, I decided that reviewing the Ozeri WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI would not only give me the opportunity to try what looked like a good product, but to share my “scale story” with all of you. Perhaps some of you can relate.
You are doing awesome on your “diet.” You ate well and you had a fabulous workout. You wake up the next morning and step on the scale. The number surely has gone down, right? (I mean, you did so well!) But the number staring back to you isn’t what you expected. Maybe it stayed the same, or even crept up. WHAT?!! You are then upset. Your day is ruined. You are depressed about your weight. You have a total “fat day” even though you were on a positive, healthy track until you stepped on that stupid little square in the bathroom. Can you relate? Have you ever stopped to think about how ridiculous it is that this tiny object in our bathroom can have so much control over our mental well-being?
Many years ago, I used to be compulsive about weighing myself. Guess what? I was at my all time heaviest. It was a vicious cycle. If the number went down, I could “reward” myself. If the number went up, I beat myself up. (Awesome, right?) But it was such an ingrained habit, that it has been a hard cycle to break. Sometimes I would not only weigh myself in the morning, but almost every time I entered that bathroom. I know this is completely messed up. (I am only sharing in hopes that some of you out there can relate and hopefully be set free from this “harmful relationship.”) As I became more active, I started to accept my body as more than a number. I was able to “wean” myself down to daily weigh-ins. Almost every “expert” out there would agree that is still too much. It has only been more recently that I have accepted weighing (approximately) once a week. And guess what? For the first time in months I have started to see the scale move. Coincidence? I do not think so.
So if you are weighing yourself daily (or multiple times per day), what is so bad about this? First of all, and I think most importantly, you risk the mental battle I mentioned above – Your mood for the day should not be determined by this number. But more importantly than that, your weight will fluctuate. This is normal. You do not see “real” losses or gains overnight. I eat mostly clean and do not eat a lot of salty, processed food. If I do eat a “cheat meal” that is high in sodium, it is not unusual that I will be up 3-5 pounds the next day. (I consider myself highly “sodium sensitive.”) This is definitely a number that freaks me out. But it will be gone in a day or two if I get back to eating clean, so why do I even need to see that number? Some studies have shown that your body can retain water when your muscles are very sore. I have seen this one too. After doing a long run in hot temperatures, I tend to lose several pounds. Again, this is not reality. I do not need to see all these numbers!
I have also learned that a number does not fully equate to health. Yes, if you are overweight you likely have body fat to lose and trying to get that number down can be a healthy thing. (I am working on this myself.) However, the lowest weight I ever remember being, sometime in college, was also probably the most unhealthy I have been. I was severely starving myself and had multiple negative physical symptoms — stomach pains, headache, etc. I even ended up in the emergency room at one point most likely simply because I was not eating. The number on the scale was pretty awesome (at the time), but trust me, the emergency room was not! There is no way this younger, lighter version of me could have run a marathon or put up anywhere near the amount of weight I can lift. Simply put, I was thin(ish), but completely unhealthy.
I have come to a place where (for the most part) my mood is not determined by the scale. I can’t say I don’t beat myself up a little after a bad weigh in, but it is much, much better. How did I get here? I think the main change in my life has been focusing on what I can do with my body rather than how much it weighs. Strength training in particular has helped me with “body acceptance.” Do I still want to lose weight? Yes. But I am also concerned with not losing strength so I have tried to shift my focus to losing body fat (not hard earned muscle!) instead of just pounds. We are fortunate to have access to body fat measurement at our gym, but in general if you are losing weight through healthy eating (not quick fix diets, fasting, cleanses, etc.) and working out, pounds lost will also equal body fat loss. A home scale such as the Ozeri WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI can be a great guide for this.
I am not saying all this to be a part of the “embrace where you are” and “it’s okay to be overweight” movement. As I mentioned, I do want to lose weight myself. I am simply stating that for me a key component of this is developing (and maintaining) a “healthy scale relationship” and trying bring that number down in a sensible and sustainable way.
So, now that I have gotten all that out there, what did I think of this particular scale? It is a very good home scale. There were several features that I like about it. For starters, I think it’s great that it has a 400 lb. range. I have heard many stories of people just starting their weight loss journey that couldn’t weigh-in at home because they exceeded their scale’s 300-350lb weight limit.
This particular Ozeri also allows you to save up to five unique users and will show you weight changes and patterns. According to their product description, “For users who want to focus on their weight trend instead of the actual numbers, this scale displays your weight change in color, with a GREEN illumination for weight loss and RED for weight gain, providing a visual form of intuitive feedback so you can see if your weight is trending up or down day to day, over the last 3 and 7 days.”
Another feature I liked about this particular scale is that it is sleek and small. It easily fits in my bathroom without taking up much space. Overall, if you want a simple home scale, I would definitely recommend the Ozeri WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI.
Do YOU have a healthy relationship with the scale? How often do you weigh yourself? Do you have a home scale? Do you “care” about the number?
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