Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Death to Tanita

I just bought a Tanita scale with a body fat estimator function.

The good news is that it weighs me at 3.2 pounds less than my old standby scale.

The very, very bad news is that it seems to think I have a whopping 11.3% more body fat than the tape measure method. Obviously Tanita is cruelly wrong.

10 comments:

William said...

Ok, so you do not recommend this product? Or is it just painfully accurate?

I am looking for a body fat scale myself.

nancytoby said...

LOL! I think it's a fine product, especially on sale (I got this on sale on Amazon.com, it's probably an older model). I just don't like what it's telling me. It's probably right, dammit.

Wylee said...

Ooooh I hate scales they are inherently evil instruments of torture! Banish it from my sight forever! (how do you make a scared face smiley?)

LouBob said...

I hate scales but I guess in my case thy're a necessary evil!

mipper said...

evil, evil thing! one thing to consider (though i am sure you know this) some of those require things like not eating for 3 hours but eating sometime in the last 6 hours and all sorts of weird hoops to jump through. it may be that which has thrown off the results? anyway... any scale that reads like that is just evil. ;)

have you seen the commercial with the scales around peoples ankles. that'd be me! *raising her hand in the air*

William said...

Really? I always wondered about the accuracy of these things.

Hmmm, I am sceptical now.

Flo said...

Does it have the athlete's mode? I have an older one without an athletes mode and my body fat is through the roof. Okay, I do have some to lose but not THAT much...

Steph said...

I have a Tanita and I think it lies. But I'm looking at it from the point of consistency not actual numbers (i.e. change in % important not actual numbers).

Of course that'd be more helpful if that percent was changing.

right.

IMmike said...

Nancy, can you keep us updated on this product. I'm thinking of getting one of these Tanita gizmos. Probably not the Ironman one, but something cheaper.

TxSkatemom said...

My Dave Barry calendar page for yesterday said this:
"I decided, what the heck, I'll just step on this thing and...FWEEP, FWEEP, FWEEP, FWEEP. When I saw the number on the scale, I was forced to face a shocking, but unmistakable, fact: The scale was defective."

I thought it was fitting! And those things lie!! I've gone up and down 5% BF in about two hours.