Digital Weight Scale
“ipsa scientia potestas est” (Latin for “Knowledge Itself is Power”)
The earliest known use of this saying is attributed to Sir Francis Bacon in the 16th century. Without knowledge, we can blissfully be pulled along in the stream of life, occasionally colliding with unpleasant consequences that may have been prevented “if we only knew”.
Sickness and disease can be those rocks in the stream of life.
Excess body weight correlates to the increased possibility of the following diseases: heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder diseases and gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, and breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma.
But how much body weight is optimal? Almost two hundred years ago, a Belgian scientist named Adolphe Quetelet, tried to answer that question. He developed the Body Mass Index (BMI). He made a mathematical formula, that basically took into consideration height, weight and some other harder to obtain calculations that today has been oversimplified into height and weight charts called BMI tables (there actually are many ways to arrive at one’s correct BMI that are more specific than the tables, these usually need to be done by specialists or other trained professionals). For our purposes, to simplify and make this number easy to calculate, we will use a BMI table, or a digital scale capable of using a slightly more specific calculation by using low voltage electrical impulses.
If you do use a BMI table make sure that you use a table (easily found on the internet) that corresponds to your gender. Further, age and bone density are also factors, but one of our goals is to easily be able to use this every day. So we will only be estimating our BMI and using that, along with weight, as a relative guide. If you are interested in a more accurate Q&A style of format to calculate BMI, you can find that at: www.smartbmicalculator.com
The essential tool you will need is a scale. I would recommend a digital scale like the one pictured at the top of this post that is able to also calculate BMI. Some of the digital scales are so advanced that they can use Bluetooth capabilities to send your weight and BMI to a smartphone app. A further recommendation would be to get a scale that reads in whole pounds or half-pounds (.5). Most digital scales today read in .2 or even .1 pounds which will probably drive you crazy! If you already have a scale and it does not calculate BMI, rather than buy a new one I would just use an appropriate chart or smartbmicalculator.com.
Now we get to the somewhat controversial part – if the correlation of weight to disease and the accuracy of BMI aren’t already controversial.
Let us return to the statement: “Knowledge Itself is Power.” If this is true (as opposed to the questionable “Lack of Knowledge is Power?”), then with respect to weight and BMI it would follow logically that as much information as we can gain as to our weight and BMI is the best situation.
So, it seems then, that the “best situation” is a DAILY reading of our weight and BMI. This would be taken at a consistent time, say when you get up in the morning before consuming any food or liquids. We want our methods for measurements of weight and BMI to be as consistent as possible from day-to-day. (Now, the controversy is that there are physical trainers and physicians who would disagree with this methodology. For more information on this alternative method of weighing yourself see: https://www.inbodyusa.com/blogs/inbodyblog/44341185-5-reasons-to-stop-weighing-yourself-everyday.)
We return to what we feel works best: simple, consistent, daily knowledge.
The key is to tabulate your results. Do it every morning, and when there is a weight/BMI loss or gain, you are able to look back on the previous day and try to understand why. Write those suspicions down with your weight and BMI results as well. In some cases, it won’t be obvious. This is more true for women who have more biorhythmic issues than men. The one thing that will happen is that you will become more aware of your actual body weight, and hopefully this will carry over into your daily decision-making about what you are eating, drinking and what your activity levels will be. Over time, the goal is to get to a normal BMI.
Remember though, you are not competing against others. You are your own person. How you lose weight and become healthier is your own struggle with its own peculiarities which will be different than anyone else. We are not saying to use that as an excuse – don’t! Strive, however, day-by-day, little-by-little to become healthier. If you do this, you will lower your BMI from a danger level to one which is less so. Only you can do this! In essence, only you can “heal thyself”.