EatSmart Digital Body Fat Scale Review and Giveaway

I like any scale that looks like an iPad! And EatSmart is giving a scale away ~ just comment to enter!

***Big Congrats to Rachel Steffen and we hope she enjoys her new EatSmart scale!

**This giveaway has ended**

Let me say first off that I’m generally not a scale person. So when EatSmart offered to kindly send me their new EatSmart Precision GoFit Digital Body Fat Scale to review, I decided it was a good idea to see how far scales have come in design and features.

The last scale I had belonged to my parents and was your typical ugly, giant beast of a thing that I hid under a cabinet. Anytime my family or I got an inkling to weigh ourselves, we ended up doubting its accuracy. Precise it was not. They have come a long way from the dinosaur I was hiding in my bathroom!

 

What I liked about the scale:

  • When it comes to looks, it’s awesome. My husband said it looked like a big iPad. Love that. It’s sleek, thin, and barely takes up room on our bathroom floor. I don’t feel like I need to hide it away.

 

  • I love having the readings for body fat, total water, muscle mass, and bone mass %.

 

  • Comes with instructions and charts to understand what your numbers all mean along with tips for better accuracy.

 

  • People up to 400 lbs can use it, which means it’s a great item to use if you’re a personal trainer and want to make it part of working with your clients.

    Awesomely thin!

 

  • Blue LCD display with white backlight makes it super easy to read for all ages.

 

  • Stores personal data for up to 8 people.

 

  • Identifies the user according to the measuring weight.

 

  • Comes with batteries so you can set it up right out of the box.

 

  • Good price for this type of scale.

 

What I thought of it overall:

To me this scale will be incredibly useful for someone who has specific goals set. Weighing yourself in the traditional sense is almost useless once you get within 10-12 lbs of your target if you are doing any kind of resistance training. If you are extremely obese, a traditional scale will serve a short term purpose since many extremely overweight people, when beginning a fitness program, tend to lose a lot of weight initially. Once you near your target body weight you want to pay more attention to detail. Real health is not just about losing weight but being aware of your body composition. It’s your body fat % that matters, not just your weight. That’s why this is the perfect scale for someone who is making health a lifestyle.

You can check out other reviews and purchase at Amazon for $49.95 and it ships within 24 hours.

The nice people at EatSmart are giving away one of these awesome scales right here at Freaking Fitness!!

It’s easy to enter.

Just leave a comment all about your scale thoughts and musings. Snark is always encouraged.

Winners will be chosen by random number generator.

Giveaway ends Thursday March 31, 2011 at  11:59 CST.

Open to the US only.

 

**FTC: Reviews on FreakingFitness.com reflect the personal opinion of me, Joyce Cherrier, and no dollars were paid to me write this review. The product was kindly given to me by EatSmart to keep.

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  1. yes bodyfat numbers are so important. I like the option of total water and muscle mass. Nice to have that extra light so I would not need a magnifying glass to see the numbers since my birthday is this coming Sunday! Good that it identifies according to weight so would not have to keep inputting data – my sons are 15 months apart but one is 6’2 at 120 lbs and needs to gain weight while the other is 5’1 and 95 lbs so needs to get taller. Would be neat to compare bodyfat numbers with my teen sons since I can wear their pants now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Bonnie, one of my favorite things was that it stored user info. Great feature for sure ~ And Happy Birthday! I hope you have a really wonderful day! You deserve it to have the best one ever!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wish I could say I was only interested in body mass (body fat numbers) but having been thin my whole life, up until about 10 years ago, the total numbers carry too much “weight” in my mind only! I really avoid the scales for the most part, and tell by the way clothes fit if I’m doing good or bad, but this does sound like a great scale that might actually make more sense and take up less space at the same time.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree Kathy~ this one makes sense. Traditional scales to me can be frustrating. And that it looks cool doesn’t hurt either!

  3. I don’t like scales either Joyce. Too depressing. 🙂 But this one would be great to have. Thanks for your blog, love it!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Allison & thank you!! Yes, it’s really cool~ and the best kind of scale for people who don’t like scales! 🙂

  4. Never thought a scale could predict body fat percentage, bone density, etc.. Interesting! I’ve only ever concentrated on my weight in pounds.. and that number never seems to go down, haha.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Jen~ I find it more inspiring and motivational using the body fat%. Weight can fluctuate so much from one day to the next. And they give some good tips to help you get a more accurate reading in the booklet too that really help.

  5. Hewella1 says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with my scale. Love it when it says I lost lbs.

  6. This looks like an interesting option. I was looking at the Withings scale, but this one seems to do the ‘scale’ function better. Why pay an extra $100 for wifi?

    • Anonymous says:

      The price was a plus I thought after I researched and saw ones much more expensive. The scale readings are quick and inputting each of our user info was simple and now it’s set. Thanks Sarah 🙂

  7. This scale is stylish looking, and love that it holds info for more than one person! The readings for body fat are a plus too! Not sure about the water reading, why would you need that?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Dana~ I have to admit I was really happy with the looks of the scale when I took it out of the box. And the water reading helps you to be aware of your hydration level. In the booklet that comes with it, they give you guidelines for your percentages.

  8. Katdoesdiets says:

    I’ve started weighing myself again, just for the accountability. I was getting a bit off course with not weighing. Sounds like an awesome scale, crazy what they can do these days!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Kat! I think that’s a great reason to use one~ as an accountability partner. The pounds can creep quickly, I know they do for me! 🙂

  9. This looks so cool I might weigh myself everyday! Keep up the good work!

  10. Snark: If I had a real scale like this, I could stop weighing myself on the Wii Fit which calls me fat every time I step on it, and that’s really getting old, so I’ve stopped weighing myself. And while I agree weighing too often can be bad, I tend to allow myself to eat bad things more often if I know I don’t have to actually see the numbers anytime soon.

  11. Jeanniemgilbert says:

    I hardly ever use the scale anymore because it is more discouraging to me. I tend to put on more muscle so body fat percentage is more useful. Even when I was at my lowest, I had some lower body fat that I wanted to get rid of but my hormones were going out of whack so I think I needed to adjust somewhere. This scale sounds like it would actually much more beneficial.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Jeannie 🙂 I agree~I think traditional scales can be discouraging for people because they’re not a complete picture. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  12. Weighing yourself can be good and bad. It’s good for the accountability.

  13. RealFitMama says:

    My scale is from the stone age and most of the time a big fat -ERR- pops up when any of us stand on it!! Maybe that means we shouldn’t be concerned with what we weigh and more of who we are?? But in reality I would love a scale that gives me all the dirty details. 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      I remember those! I want one that pops up and says “you’re freaking awesome!” A girl can dream right? I agree~ what we weigh is not who we are but the dirty details serve to help us be a healthier us 🙂

  14. i neeed a scale. i doubt i’d use it. but i feel like i need one lol. how awkward would it be to be weighing food in my cubicle tho?

  15. I have a love hate relationship with my scale. I love when it tells me the number is lower than I expect.. but hate when it lies and tells me it is higher than it should. 😛

    • Anonymous says:

      A scale that would tell you all you want to hear would probably fly off the shelves! Be great as gifts too! 🙂

  16. Natalie Alexander says:

    Three kids in the last five years and now I am dead set on getting my healthy body back! My scale… is SO many things: large, ugly, temperamental, two decades old, but it is definitely not accurate. In fact, I can weigh myself three times in a row and get different results! (I of course choose the smallest number as I find this is only reasonable.) I feel like my scale has an unwelcome and quite wicked sense of humor. I would love a scale that would actually HELP me in my road to getting these extra 20 pounds off.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think those old scales do more harm than good really. Frustrating to not get a real answer! This scale is a perfect for accountability.If you saw your weight go up a few pounds but saw a drop in body fat% you would know you’re headed in the right direction. Knowledge is always empowering right?! Thanks Natalie 🙂

      • Natalie Alexander says:

        I would love to have an idea about my body fat percentage. I have been sticking to a pretty consistent plan (cardio + weight 3X wk) but my overall number is not falling over the last month. I feel smaller and things have been fitting different (read: better finally!!). Do you announce the winner of the giveaway on your home page? Thanks!

        • Natalie Alexander says:

          Oh, and thank you for your response. I think it is really great how you take the time to respond to everyone!

          • Anonymous says:

            Hi Natalie, I’ll be announcing on twitter the winner today 🙂 I would guess that if you are fitting in your clothes better you have lost body fat since a lb of fat takes up more space than a lb of muscle. Clothes are a great way to check your progress is a real life way. And you’re welcome, love chatting with everyone and very much appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  17. Sue Ellison says:

    Well with my scale I can lose and/or gain weight in just a matter of seconds. I can weigh myself 5x and get a different reading each time. I would love to have an accurate scale, especially a “smart” one that can measure bone mass, body fat, etc. Thanks for the chance!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Sue~ I do really feel smarter when I use it (need all the help I can get!) and I enjoyed the act and exercise of tossing my old one in the trash! I think better to not weigh than use one of the old style scales!

  18. I don’t step on my scale very often; in part because it’s a relic from probably at least 25 years ago (and yes, if you lean a certain way while standing on it, you can look 2 or 3 pounds lighter!). A new scale would encourage me to monitor my weight more regularly–which could result in fewer weight gains and thus fewer needed weight losses.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s amazing how many of us have the old type scales! I really think it’s a healthy investment. I wouldn’t say that about a traditional scale. They really should be obsolete. A bad scale can really ruin your day!

  19. I love gadgets and this is a very cool and useful one, even though I KNOW I will end up arguing with this inanimate creature about my numbers!

    • Anonymous says:

      I admit I have had a few conversations with a scale in the past and it wasn’t pretty. Glad it couldn’t talk back. But wouldn’t it be a cool feature if it would give you a coupon code when you do well and reach a goal for your favorite store?!

  20. I would like to think of us as friends and agree on my weight. But I can forgive and forget if we don’t.

  21. I would like to think of us as friends and agree on my weight. But I can forgive and forget if we don’t.

  22. Looks cool and also Love the additional details it provides. A normal weighing machine gives answers to a very small part of the puzzle!

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Shriya ~very true. To really map progress a lot more info has to be available, otherwise why even use a scale?

  23. Me & my scale have a love/hate relationship. It sits there looking all pretty but when I stand on it becomes an abusive wench who does nothing but taunt me.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Chelle~ Ok, that’s the first time I’ve heard a scale referred to as a wench! lol! I should have asked do you think of your scale as male or female?

      • LOL considering females are a LOT more vocal in their dislike for other
        females, my scales a wench. If it were a guy, he’s know better to keep his
        mouth shut, say I look beautiful for fear he’d be sent to the doghouse to be
        chewed on. LMAO

  24. I like the features of body fat, body mass % because it would encourage to work harder to bring these numbers down.

  25. I am not a big scale fan, but I do like to check in on one at the gym. The body fat measurements on this one would be useful!! That is really what people should be paying attention to, rather than weight. For example, I weigh 160 lbs, but I have less than 20% body fat. If I were to only look at the numbers, and not at measurements and percentages, I would be in trouble. Everything is relative, and this scale seems to do a great job of illuminating that (plus it looks slick!)

    • Anonymous says:

      Such a great point Allison. Weight can be so deceiving especially if you’re working out with weights. Being able to use it in the privacy of your own home is awesome!

  26. I don’t really like to get on a scale either, but I would like to have this scale so I could keep up with my weight in the privacy of my home.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, that’s my favorite thing about having a home scale with this many features. Many people would have to go to a gym and find the info. Thanks Deborah!

  27. CF Legette says:

    Am I too late for the punishment? If I am please expand?

  28. How accurate is it on body fat percentage? That’s where many scales falter.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Meryl~ I agree and have experienced that with a few scales that measured body fat. The scale comes with guidelines for more accurate readings. I’ve done body fat% on myself and a variety of people for over 25 years and found it to be accurate for myself. Even it was off a bit it would give you a baseline to be able to track progress along with the info it provides. The most accurate methods are for most people, more costly and inconvenient. I think it’s always a good idea to use a few methods for assessment to get a better picture of overall health.

  29. I like how you measure where to drill the holes in your video. It was very inspiring.

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