Disclosure: This product was provided to me with the expectation and understanding that my review would reflect my honest opinions. No additional monetary or product compensation was requested or received.
When the PR folks from The Zero Scale contacted me about reviewing their scale, I had a little internal debate over whether or not I wanted to do it. As many of you know, my personal position on scales is that I’m generally opposed to them. I spent years and years (and years!) basing my perception of success almost entirely on scale results. If the scale went down, it was a good week; if the scale went up, it was a bad week. Never mind if I ate too much or exercised too little–or vice versa, if I hit all the right notes on both–my mood followed the results on the scale. At some point in 2007, I finally saw the light and converted to the Reformed Weight Loser denomination where the scale result is nothing more than a single unit of measure that may or may not reflect my actions. I learned that pride and feelings of success should match what I did every day and not what the scale reflected in that one moment in time when I was standing on it.
But that’s just me. I know that many readers here feel that they do better with a daily/weekly/monthly weigh-in, and I thought that those people might appreciate information and observations on a scale that is said to offer “a fresh perspective on weight-loss progress.” So I agreed to do the review and this is what they sent me:
Ooh, pretty! Shiny! It looks like…a scale.
What distinguishes The Zero Scale from others is that it doesn’t tell you what you weigh. Seriously. (You’re thinking I probably bought the swampland these people were selling, too, aren’t you?) Instead, this scale shows the increments of gain or loss since your last weigh in, along with the difference between the current weigh in and your first weigh in. So you get current loss/gain and total loss/gain, and that’s all. The intention is to remove the emotional “stuff” (my term, not theirs) that may affect those who step on a traditional scale and see a really big number week after week. With The Zero Scale, the focus is on the increments of change, and not on “the big number.”
The Zero Scale has settings for four users, plus a Guest Mode (if you want a peek at your actual weight). I live by myself, so three of those user settings are useless. Unless…if I wanted to set up user one for daily weigh ins, user two for weekly weigh ins, etc. I don’t know why I would want to do that, but the thought occurred to me, so I thought I should mention it.
Setting up the scale for first time use is relatively uncomplicated, as is using the scale. You tap to your user number, step on, look down, and step off. I’ve done three weigh ins; two showed small losses, one showed a small gain. Over the 3-day period I weighed, I had a total loss of 1.4 pounds. (For me, this is nothing remarkable as it’s probably just normal little day-to-day bounces that occur as a result of breathing.)
So three pluses, so far: 1) it’s an attractive scale, 2) it’s easy to set up, and 3) it seems to work fine. Aesthetically and technically, The Zero Scale passes the 3-weigh-in test.
But what about the purported psychological, or emotional, benefits of focusing on the increments rather than the total body weight? Honestly, FOR ME, there’s not really a difference. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, because weighing in now and then isn’t a bad thing, in and of itself. It’s when we give too much power to that number that the problems arise. I honestly don’t know that this scale would have helped *BeforeCammy* in that regard. The way “NowCammy” sees it, the big benefit of The Zero Scale is that it’s a weigh-in in which I don’t have to do the math. (We’ll count that as a fourth plus.)
But these are just my reflections and your mileage may vary (and probably does). If you’re interested in learning more about The Zero Scale, check out their website for more information and testimonials from people whose mileage varied. And if you decide to purchase one, you can use special discount code “zero” for a 15% discount. (Remember: I’m not affiliated with this company in any way and receive no compensation or commission. They offered a discount/promo code; I shared it.) According to the website’s infomercial-ish promo, you will also receive a pedometer with your order. (Shoot! I forgot, I also received a pedometer with my review scale. Please consider this to be Disclaimer, Amendment 1 of 1.)
I’m interested in your thoughts and opinions on this concept of increments vs. “the number”. Would it help you in your weight loss quest?