As a developer, I don’t really exercise much. That is, most of my days are spent sitting in front of a computer. It means I have to really be proactive about burning those calories if I want to keep in shape. I do have a few close friends I trust to tell me when I gained a bit of weight (thanks, guys!). But really, I find it’s my responsibility to keep track of my weight.
For the past few years, I’m been doing it using the same scale. I’ve not seen a better one yet. It gives me consistent, accurate results. It identifies me and my wife separately. It syncs with my phone to provide me rich data. I can look all the way back to my first measurement. I can see body composition trends. It even tells me the weather!
It is important to note the ability of a home scale to measure your body composition is limited. It can only run the current through your lower body. So any improvement in your torso upwards will probably not be accounted for. Better focus on trends rather than actual measurements.
Knowing my weight and weight trends helps me keep myself in check. I try to exercise daily, eat healthy and generally control my intake. For the most part, it works. It definitely helps to see the trends improving when I work hard.
If you care about your health, I’d recommend getting a scale. While you’re at it, get a good one.