diet: keep a graph of your weight changes with a Huawei smart weighing scale

A ‘smart scale’ that records my weight to a phone might be seen as ‘gadgety’ but when you’re dieting, a weight record is satisfying and very encouraging. A downside is that the scale doesn’t lie, or guess or conveniently forget binges.

how a smart scale is different to a regular scale

A ‘smart scale’ records your weight and over time creates a weight graph on your phone. When other people use your scale it has a way to know who’s who and record the weight on their phone. The scales get their data into the phone via a Bluetooth connection. The scales remember recent weights and upload to the phone if it is nearby.

The Huawei Smart Scale 3 uses both wifi and Bluetooth. By having wifi it’s able to send readings to the cloud via your home wifi. In turn the weight ends up in the phone app without needing to be near a bathroom.

Shopping research finds scales at widely differing prices so do check the reviews for high approval ratings and easy to work apps. I was impressed with the Huawei Health app (which is only for Huawei or Honor scales) and it told me all I wanted to know.

My Christmas 2021 was followed by a short period of dieting. The advice I have says ‘don’t check your weight daily or you’ll be discouraged’. That’s good advice indeed. A day of eating less does leads to a fall in weight but for me that takes a while to notice. Waiting two days between measurements showed that – plus this seemed to add more fun. More advice suggests that for consistency you might weigh yourself at the same time of day.

a smart scale can tell you more than your weight:

The scale may also have metal pads which, in contact with bare feet, will measure the body’s electrical resistance. By knowing your height, weight and age the app calculates your % fat, your muscle mass and more*. Whether these parameters are accurate and comparable with other ways of measuring is a point for debate. But that might not matter: it’s more useful that the scales give consistent results so that you can assess any trends. For example, if you exercise and diet you’d expect to lose fat and gain muscle. Indeed I found that happened and the app shows these on a graph. The Google Fit app doesn’t handle these extra parameters. The Huawei Health app shows these as well as any trend over time.

My Huawei Smart Scale 3 works faultlessly. To set up a new scale you create your profile (age, height etc) in the Huawei Health app and pair the scales to the phone. The app verifies that you is you and that is reassuring. If you’re used to verifying an ID via received SMS messages this is easy enough. I explain what I did here.

*smart scale parameters

  • weight
  • BMI
  • body fat rate %
  • fat-free mass
  • visceral fat level
  • body water %
  • skeletal muscle mass
  • muscle mass,
  • bone mineral content (mass)
  • protein %
  • BMR
  • heart rate bpm

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