A few weeks ago, my sister told me an idea she had about a bathroom scale for people who are trying to maintain their weight. Basically, you could program your goal range into the scale, and then when you stand on the scale, it would read "High", "Low", or "In range". That's it. No numbers at all! I love this idea, and I started searching online to see if it actually exists (from what I found, it does not).
In my searching, however, I found a scale called Quantum. It was as close to what Jeanie described as I could find, and I was intrigued with it. Usually, when I do reviews on my blog, it's the result of the company reaching out to me, not vice versa. But this time, I e-mailed them to ask if I might be able to review the scale (and host a giveaway, of course). They were happy to!
The Quantum scale doesn't give you a weight reading. When you first get the scale, you program it by stepping on and pushing a button. You have no idea what your weight is, because the scale doesn't tell you that. But whenever you get on the scale after that, it will give you a reading of + or - the number of pounds from your original weight.
I wanted to test out the accuracy of it, so I used both scales for a week. I got my actual weight from my trusty old scale, and then stepped on the Quantum scale to see how the reading varied from the previous day. On Day 1, my weight was 136 (the Quantum scale didn't give me a reading on Day 1). The next day, my weight was 135, and the Quantum scale read 1.0-. So if the Quantum scale is the only scale you use, you would never know your weight; you would just know how your weight is in relation to your starting weight.
You can reprogram it however often you wish, but you can't choose your starting weight. A few days ago, my weight was 134, so I programmed that on the Quantum scale (just by stepping on and pushing the button to save that weight). Now, when I step on the Quantum scale, it will tell me how far up or down my weight is from 134. If I can get my weight back to my goal of 133, I plan to program that weight into the Quantum scale, so that it always reads how close I am to my goal weight.
I think this is a great idea for maintainers, because you can just see where your weight is at relative to your goal weight instead of focusing on the actual weight itself. I also think this is an awesome idea for people who are just starting to lose weight, and maybe they are afraid to see their weight on a scale. The Quantum scale will only tell you how many pounds up or down you are from your original weight. When compared to my trusty scale, I found the reading to be very accurate.
Unfortunately, it doesn't lie when you've had a bad week. Case in point:
My weight is up four pounds. Gah! I was way over my PointsPlus this week, so today was a fresh new start for me. I'm not going to allow my PointsPlus to go into the negative this week!
Next week, say I only lose 1 pound from where I was this morning, when I took this picture. Then it would read 3.0+, meaning I'm 3 pounds over my starting weight. It doesn't say how much you've gained or lost since the last reading; it tells you how much you've gained or lost since you last programmed it. I hope that makes sense.
Anyway, I really like the idea of using this for maintenance, so I plan to post this instead of my weight each week. Yes, it's easy to do the math and figure out, but it's nice not to get so focused on the actual weight.
There are six different colors to choose from on their website:
It sells for $39 (plus $6.99 shipping), which I think is reasonable. (It's on Amazon also, but it's much more expensive there than on the Quantum website for some reason). The biggest downside to the scale is that it's only meant for ONE person to use. If Jerry gets on it, it will read something like 30.0+, because it will use MY starting weight.
Quantum was generous enough to allow me to host a giveaway for a scale as well! If you think it sounds like something you'd like, you can enter by filling out your name and e-mail address in the form below. I'll use Random.org to choose a winner on Saturday, 6/8/13 at 8:00 a.m. EST. Good luck!
(Disclosure: I was given a Quantum Scale for free to review, but was not required to give a favorable review. My opinions, as always, are honest.)