Since I started running last spring I have lost two stone but when I injured myself at Christmas, I found that my weight plateaued and furthermore, ever since I ran my half marathon in March, some of the bad habits have crept back in and my weight has started to creep up. This week I've decided to do something about it and I have a new set of bathroom scales to help me keep track of my progress and to monitor my BMI.
I am a big fan of Ozeri's kitchen equipment and have used their kitchen scales in the past but this is the first time that I've tried their bathroom scales. The Ozeri WeightMaster II is a digital bathroom scale which can measure your weight (cough... mass) and calculate your BMI. It can also maintain user profiles so that you can monitor your own weight over time.
Whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain weight or gain weight, the fact that the WeightMaster II can maintain a history of weight measurements means that you can track your progress. You program in upto 8 different user profiles and from then on, when you step on the scale, it recognises you... measures you... then tells you how things have changed in the last 1, 3, 7 and 30 measurements.
Mr. B. and I have struggled a bit with the automatic user profile recognition. Although we are different heights, we have quite similar weights at present and so the WeightMaster seems to umm and aaah when I step on the scale and will cycle through the user profiles before making a decision. Mr. B. doesn't use the scales very often so I can't tell if he is having the same problem but in the short term, I deleted his profile (mwah ha ha) and this sped things up a bit and reduced the confusion.
One of the features I really like about the Ozeri WeightMaster II is that the display will turn green or red depending on whether you have lost or gained weight since your last measurement. Ordinarily I only measure once per week but to test out the scales I have been trying them several times a day to learn how my body weight fluctuates throughout the day - its very interesting to see the times of day when it tends to turn red, compared to green and really goes to show why, if you are tracking your weight, you should always measure at the same time of day and week to get a good comparison.
I think that the immediate BMI calculation is a great idea as, really, this is more important than overall weight. Again, because Mr. B. and are are different heights, it is interesting to see that currently he is officially classed as "overweight" based on his BMI result but as I am taller, I am classed as "healthy".
The Ozeri WeightMaster II scales can be switched from kg to lbs easily. It comes in either white or black and is on offer at Amazon at present so costs around £30 (plus postage) from Amazon. At present the Ozerio Touch II scale is on offer for £35 on Amazon and this model includes Body Fat, Hydration and Muscle/Bone Mass.