Types of Scales

Many people try to avoid the scales if they believe they are overweight. This way, it’s easier to pretend that the extra weight isn’t there – the clothes must have shrunk!

But once you decide to lose those pounds (that you know are indeed there, after all), scales of various types do a lot to both motivate you, and keep you on track to your weight loss goal.

The bathroom scale is the most obvious and commonly-thought-of type of scale used with dieting. It’s the one which will tell you if you’ve lost any weight! Instead of fear, bathroom scales should inspire you. If you’ve lost some weight, it’s the bathroom scale that gives you the good news. But if you haven’t lost any, the scale reports the weight straightforwardly and without added recriminations – far better than asking a human and getting unwanted extra commentary!

Digital bathroom scales are the current standard. These are easy to use because you don’t have to watch a dancing needle and guess at what your weight really is. They also come in designer colors and styles, which practically beg you to step on them just to see them work. They’re a huge improvement over the clunky mechanical ones of the past!

A food scale, also known as a diet scale, helps a lot with efforts to control portion size. The basic ones simply weigh the food you put on them, but there are advanced digital nutrition scales which will actually count your calories for you. These even give the other nutritional value, too, so you can find out about fat, protein, carbs, and other elements of your food as well!

Other versions of digital food scales come with bowls, can weigh ingredients as you add them together (so you don’t need a separate bowl for everything), or can weigh liquids and translate the weights into the equivalent volume measurements. Most food scales run on batteries, but some come with A/C adapters for economical long-term use.

For those who don’t want to eat even one unmonitored portion, a pocket scale can be added to the arsenal. The higher-capacity versions of these can weigh food portions easily, and come with expansion trays which give a larger weighing surface than is provided by the plain weighing plate. Usually the tray will double as a lid or cover, which you can use to keep your scale safe from damage while in storage or transit.

Scales are not the enemy of one trying to lose or maintain their weight. Instead, they are useful allies which will make the job easier and motivate you to do better. They record your success, keep you on track by measuring your portion sizes and caloric intake, and can even go wherever you do. If you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight (or even gain some), get yourself some scales to make your job a lot easier.

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February 16, 2012
Posted in Health — Knowledge Buff @ 11:22 PM

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