Top 5 Weighing Scales

If you want to lose weight, it would be worth your money to invest in a high-quality scale. Commit to weighing yourself at least once a week, and record your weight in a weight loss journal. Historically, the “scales” (specifically, a two pan, beam balance) have served as a traditional symbol of justice. This idea corresponds to the metaphor of matters being “held in the balance”. When you weigh yourself in the morning, think about it as a time to “get yourself in balance” instead of a time to feel bad about yourself or your progress. Remember, weight loss is a gradual process!

So which weighing scale should you purchase? In comparison tests, digital bathroom scales almost always outperform analog scales and are a better choice for home use. With that said, here are our top five recommendations:

1. Eatsmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale

  • Price Range: $36.99 – $64.95
  • Pros: extra foot space; tap-on scale activator; high precision
  • Cons: occasional inaccurate reading (if so, Eatsmart will replace it)
  • Dimensions: 12″ x 15.5″
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2. Weight-Watchers WW67T Body Analysis Scale

  • Price Range: $44.99 – $54.99
  • Pros: digital display; tap-on scale activator; high precision
  • Cons: body fat measurement is not very accurate
  • Dimensions: 15″ x 16″
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3. Taylor Electronic Glass/Chrome Scale 7506

  • Price Range: $28.99 – $36.99
  • Pros: digital display; tap-on scale activator; accurate weight readings
  • Cons: no backlighting on display
  • Dimensions: 11.75” x 13.0”
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4. Biggest Loser Lithium Electronic Weight Management Scale

  • Price Range: $29.99 – $36.99
  • Pros: extra foot room; goal weight & current weight comparison; accurate readings
  • Cons: not as accurate for higher weight ranges
  • Dimensions: 15″ x 15″
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5. Omron Body Fat Monitor & Scale

  • Price Range: $39.99 – $59.99
  • Pros: BMI classification; accurate weight measurement; supports four profiles
  • Cons: no athlete setting
  • Dimensions: 12.2″ x 11.8″
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Typical Food Menu for Biggest Loser Diet

Here’s a look at a typical meal on a 1,500-calorie Biggest Loser diet, taken from 6 Weeks to a Healthier You, the latest version of the diet.

Breakfast:

Omelet—made with 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites and filled with ½ cup sautéed onions and mushrooms

2-inch wedge honeydew melon

1 toasted whole-grain English muffin with 2 tsp. all-fruit spread

1 cup skim milk

Green tea

Snack:

1 oz. sliced lean turkey breast

3 olives

3 cherry tomatoes

Lunch:

4 oz. turkey burger on toasted whole-grain thin-sliced sandwich bread with 2 slices tomato, 2 romaine lettuce leaves, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, and 3 slices avocado

2 cups mixed green salad with 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tsp. lemon juice

½ cup fresh berries

Iced green tea

Snack:

5 large shrimp, boiled or grilled, with ¼ cup cocktail sauce

Dinner:

5 oz. sole, baked, with fresh lemon

½ cup cooked barley or brown rice

1 cup steamed broccoli with 1 tsp. minced garlic and 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts or slivered almonds

1 cup skim milk or green tea