I’m not a huge gadget person, but when I first came across the Fittrack Scale on Instagram, I had to check it out. Truth be told, even though I’m not a ‘numbers’ person, I LOVE anything that will help me track progress.
You know when you’re working toward a weight loss goal and everyone notices your progress before you? That’s because it’s hard to visually see differences in yourself from day-to-day. But with the kind of data that Fittrack provides, you know EXACTLY where you are from day-to-day and it’s super motivating!
What is Fittrack?
Fittrack is a biometrical body weight scale, but it doesn’t just measure your weight. It measures your muscle mass, percentage of fat, protein levels, bone density and more.
It will even give you a basal metabolic rate, which is the number of calories your body burns at rest. This is the minimum calories you need just to keep yourself alive (mine is 1387 calories). Of course, this doesn’t include the calories needed to do basic things like get out of bed or brush your teeth.
Is the Fittrack Scale Accurate?
Honestly, this was what I was most concerned about. As someone who regularly gets body fat tests in a lab, I wasn't sure what to expect from a bathroom scale. But after comparing my results from both sources, I was very surprised at how accurate (and helpful) the data was.
For example, below you can see the last body fat test result I received from a Dexa Scan, which is considered to be the most scientifically accurate measurement of body fat there is. It's done in a lab, by a technician and it's very thorough.
As you can see there’s a TON of info here that requires a professional to translate. I ignore most of it and hone in on a few key data points (highlighted in yellow):
When I would get a scan done, my main questions would be:
- How much of my body is made up of muscle?
- How much of my body is made up of fat?
- Is it a healthy ratio?
As you can see from this readout, in 2017 I was:
- 143.2 pounds
- 27% body fat (not awesome)
- 39 pounds of fat
- 99 pounds of lean tissue (muscle + organs)
- 5.5 pounds of everything else (pee, poo, water, etc)
Since then, I have lost weight (both muscle and fat), so the read out I received from Fittrack is 100% aligned with my progress. Today, according to Fittrack, I am:
- 136.5 pounds
- 23% body fat (much better)
- 31.5 pounds of fat
- 97.4 pounds of lean tissue
- 7 pounds of everything else
In addition to all these helpful markers above, I also got more granular details (below). If you click into each of these categories in the app, you'll find a description of what the marker is, and how you measure up against the healthy average.
I realize this is not an exact comparison, but it does illustrate the depth of information you can get from the Fittrack scale and I believe it’s accurate based on where I am today with my body composition.
Tracking body weight vs body composition (muscle vs fat)
Every year I used to pay $200 to get that Dexa scan readout because it’s so important to me to understand whether or not I’m gaining body fat or losing precious lean muscle.
My concern isn't about gaining weight. In case you were not aware, muscle mass starts to decline at age 35 (a process known as sarkopenia) and doesn’t stop - unless you work to maintain it. This is a serious issue for women over 40 as low muscle mass can lead to a host of other issues.
Have you ever seen an older person who can barely stand up straight? They’ve lost strength over their adult life because unfortunately older generations were not savvy enough to understand the importance of strength training. Now we do, and a Fittrack Scale is the perfect barometer for knowing exactly where you stand.
Why you should be tracking your body fat ratio
Not only is it important to track muscle mass to ensure you stay strong and healthy, but knowing your body fat ratio is equally important. Once you’re more than 25% body fat, you’re tracking into an unhealthy zone.
You might think it would be obvious if you’re over 25% body fat, but that’s not true! As someone who was 27% body fat in 2017, but didn’t look like it, I can tell you, it was a shock to me. I was “skinny fat” and that was a precursor to a lot of health problems.
Fortunately, because I had that Dexa scan readout, I was able to make some changes to bring my body fat levels down and work on muscle development.
Does Fittrack Scale Sync with a Fitbit?
If you've read this far, then you're probably already a big fan of health tracking devices, like the Fitbit. While Fittrack also has a smartwatch that will track things like heart rate, sleep and daily steps, it will sync with other devices. Per the Fittrack website:
Other apps can be linked to your FitTrack scale such as Fitbit, Apple Health & Google Fit. But to access the functionality as advertised, the FitTrack scale is 100% compatible with FitTrack Health app. The FitTrack Health app is specifically developed for FITTRACK scales. To sync, go to Me—User Settings on your FitTrack Health app and connect to Apple Health, Google Fit, or Fitbit. On an iPhone, Fitbit will sync the latest data only if you exit the Fitbit app (double click the home button and swipe up) and reopen it.
Bottom Line - Is the Fittrack Scale Worth the Investment?
Oh heck yes. Like I said, I’m not big on encouraging you to buy stuff, but when it comes to your health and wellbeing, an investment like this is 100% worth it. Not only will you understand some critical body health markers, you’ll be able to track your progress over time. This can be incredibly motivating and provide a wealth of insight into your own body and how it responds to diet and exercise.
If you buy yourself one thing in 2021, let it be a Fittrack. Also, make sure you have a plan for improving your fitness! I recommend you get yourself a Beachbody on Demand membership, a couple of sets of dumbbells and a nutrition plan that works for your lifestyle. With that, you'll be well on your way to better health and fitness this year.
Got any questions about the Fittrack? Drop them below!
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.