Fitness scales and why you should reassess your weightloss goals mid-year
This entry was posted on 20/06/2018.
A third of us started this year with a New Year’s resolution of losing weight, but many resolutions are now beginning to fall by the wayside
Of the 63% of UK adults that failed to keep a New Year’s resolution, around 4/5 were broken within 3 months.
Dietician Abigail Wilson, chief executive of ISOShealth.com, said: “These diets are just that, they are diets, but they are not behavioural change and do not last for very long. They need to be something that is realistic. It’s taken 10 years to get where you are with your weight, you’re not going to be able to fix it in five weeks.”
Fitness scales are ideal for checking the progress of your weight loss goals, but they are also perfect for helping you to reassess your targets, as Marsden explain.
Why reassess your goals?
A number of factors can mean your weight loss targets are not on track, from a busy schedule, an injury to setting targets which are too easy - and mean you want to challenge yourself for the remainder of the year.
Jeff Gaudette, head coach at RunnersConnect, said: “You need to reassess and adjust, regardless of whether you’re on track, or things are falling apart. The important part is to ‘accept where you’re at’ and not be negative, but to see this as a chance to evaluate and make necessary changes.”
“I always find June is a tough month,” said Lanni Marchant, Canadian marathon record holder and Olympian. “It’s really easy to fall off the wagon once ‘patio season’ comes.”
How to use fitness scales to reassess your goals mid-year
Setting goals with specific deadlines are more likely to succeed than vague targets such as to ‘be healthier’. Fitness scales can therefore help to understand your body weight, set a sensible target which you can achieve and monitor your progress throughout.
Always using the same scale means that you can better track changes in weight. Ideally a Class III Approved medical scale should be used, as these have been manufactured and tested to high standard. Further proof of the reliability is that it is a legal requirement for GP and hospital scales to be Class III Approved - so there is no confusion with how much you actually weigh, particularly if you are ever weighed by your GP or in hospital.
It is also important that weight loss goals are SMART, in order for you to stay motivated and keep a track on your performance.
Specific - State exactly what you want to accomplish.
Measurable - Use smaller, mini-goals to measure progress.
Achievable - Make your goal reasonable.
Realistic - Set a goal that is relevant to your life.
Timely - Give yourself a timescale and deadline.
Experts suggest a number of ways to calculate a goal weight - which can be assessed and calculated using fitness scales. These strategies include aiming to lose 10% of your current weight or calculating your BMI and working out which weight you need to be inside the healthy, recommended BMI range.
By weighing regularly, you can assess whether your fitness goals are being reached.
Fitness scales for achieving weight loss goals
Marsden M-430: The M-430 is a robust and low profile stand on floor scale. With Class III Approval it has been built and tested to a standard suitable for medical use.
Marsden M-150: Our most affordable gym scale has a high 300kg capacity and height measure for easy BMI calculation.
Marsden M-565: This portable floor scale can weigh in kg/g and st/lb, and features BMI and BSA calculations. A large, bright display means the weight is easy to read.
Marsden MBF-6000: For a more comprehensive assessment of the body, a body composition scale can provide information from weight to muscle mass. A printer is connected to the scale so that weight readings can be stored, and progress towards a goal easily monitored. Read more about the benefits of body composition scales here.
For more information about any of the fitness scales in the Marsden range call 01709 364296 or contact us here.