Detecto Digital Body Fat Scale FAQ’s

Where is the best place to use my scale? Always place your scale on a hard floor surface and not on carpet.

What type of warranty do the scales come with? Our scales all come with a limited lifetime warranty.

How do I know which scale will work best for me? There are a lot of factors you need to consider when shopping for a scale.

1.   What do you want to measure?
·        Some people only want to monitor their weight. Digital scales would be perfect for them.
·        Other people want to monitor BMI, body fat, muscle mass, bone mass, water and calories. For those people, a body fat scale will work best.
·        Some people are really into tech and would love to graph and track their stats. For those people, our iConnectTM Bluetooth connected scale will work best.
2.   Another thing to consider is your bathroom décor. Do you want a clear glass scale? Do you have modern décor? If so, then a sleek stainless steel scale will look great!

What does last weight tracking mean? Scales that have a last weight tracking feature will show you the last weight measurement you had the last time you weighed on that scale. This is good because if helps you remember your last reading if you are not keeping a record of each.

When should I use a scale’s body fat and total body water functions? For maximum accuracy and repeatability, it is recommended that the scale’s body fat and total body water functions be used at approximately the same time of the day. It is also a good practice to avoid swings in hydration level of the body prior to the estimation. Establishing your own baseline value of %BF and %TBW and tracking their changes is better than merely comparing your %BF and %TBW value to the population’s “normal” value. The estimates provided are not substitutes for physician assessments. Consult your physician to determine what body fat percentage, total body water percentage, muscle mass percentage, bone mass percentage and daily calorie intake are most ideal for you. 

Why is the Athlete Mode necessary in a Body Fat Analyzer? It has been found that body fat estimation using BIA could overestimate the percentage body fat of adult elite athletes. The physiological variation of athletes in bone density and level of hydration are two of the reasons said to account for the difference. The athlete mode is selectable only for people 15-85 years old. 

Definition of an Athlete: The general consensus among researchers is that a quantitative dimension could be used in defining an athlete. For example, an athlete could be defined as a person who consistently trains a minimum of three times per week for two hours each time, in order to improve specific skills required in the performance of their specific sport and/or activity.

What is Muscle Mass? Our Body Fat Scales estimates the weight of Skeletal Muscle Mass in your body. You have around 650 muscles in your body, and they make up roughly half of your body weight. These muscles can be divided into three different groups: skeletal, smooth and cardiac. All of these muscles can stretch and contract, but they perform very different functions.

  • Skeletal muscle: Produces movement, maintains posture, stabilizes joints and generates heat
  • Smooth muscle: Found in the walls of hollow organs
  • Cardiac muscle: Exists only in your heart

What is Bone Mass? Our Body Fat Scales estimate the weight of non-living bone mineral content. This is important for monitoring and maintaining healthy bones through exercise and calcium-rich diet. An adult skeleton is made up of 206 bones, which come in several different shapes and sizes and have specific structure. Your bones contain blood vessels, nerve cells and living bone cells known as osteocytes. These are held together by a framework of hard, non-living material containing calcium and phosphorous. A thin membrane called the periosteum covers the surface of your bones. Bone Mineral Content differs according to age and sex. (Source: Rico et al. 1993) The typical range of percentage bone mass (mineral content) of average men and women is between 4.0 to 5.3% (Rico 1993).

What is the Calorie predictor daily calorie intake estimator? The Calorie predictor function estimates the number of calories required based on your body composition and user entered personal data. This tool can be used as a guide when setting calorie goals during weight loss and exercise programs.

Why is it important to monitor percentage body fat (%BF)? The absolute weight traditionally determines whether or not a person is obese. Weight change itself does not indicate whether it was the weight of body fat or muscle that had changed. In weight management, it is desirable that muscle mass be maintained while body fat is lost. Thus, monitoring the percentage of fat in the body is important step toward successful weight management and body health.

The optimal %BF of an individual varies according to age and gender. The table as follows may be used as a guide.

standard for women

standard for men

How is percentage body fat (%BF) estimated? The percentage of BF is measured by a method called Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). The use of BIA to estimate body fat has been pioneered since the 1970’s. It was only in the past decade that the estimation of body fat using BIA technology was successfully offered to the consumer as a compact bathroom scale. With BIA technology, a low intensity electrical signal is sent through the body. The signal is very low and causes no bodily harm. Depending on the amount of body fat of the individual, the electrical signal will flow with a different degree of difficulty. The difficulty with which a signal flows through the body is called electrical impedance. Hence, by measuring the electrical impedance and applying to the data a proprietary algorithm, %BF can be estimated. Please note that the percentage of body fat and body water will not add up to 100%

The optimal %BF of an individual varies according to age and gender. The table as follows may be used as a guide.

Please be reminded that the %BF estimated with the scale represents only an approximation of your actual body fat. There are clinical methods of estimating body fat that can be ordered by your physician.

Why is it important to monitor percentage Total Body Water (%BTW) in the body? Water is an essential component of the body and its level is one of the health indicators. Water makes up approximately between 50-70% of the body’s weight. It is present proportionally more in lean tissue compared to fat tissue. Water is a medium for biochemical reactions that regulate body functions. Waste products are carried in water from cells for excretion in urine and sweat. Water provides form to cells; helps to maintain body temperature: provides moisture to skin and mucosa; cushions vital organs; lubricates joints and is a component of many body fluids. The amount of water in the body fluctuates with hydration level of the body and state of health. Monitoring the level of body water can be a useful tool for one’s health maintenance. Similar to body fat estimation, the %TBW function provided in this scale is based on BIA.

The estimated %TBW may vary according to your hydration level, that is how much water you drink or how much you sweat immediately prior to the estimation. For better accuracy, avoid fluctuation in hydration level prior to the estimation. The accuracy of the scale in estimating TBW will also decrease with individuals suffering from diseases that tend to accumulate water in the body.

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Please be reminded that the %TBW estimated with the scale represents only a good approximation of your TBW. There are clinical methods of estimating total body water that can be ordered by your physician.

What is Body Mass Index (BMI)? BMI is a ratio of a person’s weight to height. BMI is commonly used to classify weight as “healthy” or “unhealthy.”

(BMI for adults 19-99 of age)

BMI for audits