Product Review: The Zero Scale

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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:

zero scale

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?

14 thoughts on “Product Review: The Zero Scale

  1. Actually, that is an interesting idea for a scale.

    Because really we ARE interested in how much we are going down if we are reducing and want to know if we are going UP too much if we are maintaining.

    And we don’t have to be smacked in the face with the blasted almighty NUMBER all the time.

    I think that might be helpful to me.

    And frankly, sometimes it’s those little psychological boosts that get a person over the hurdles.

    • Thanks for your perspective, Deborah. In my last weight loss efforts, I was more focused on actions and that worked well for me. (It helped that the weight loss followed. :) ) So while I’m not sure this scale would have helped in my latest efforts, I’ve just been sitting here wondering how I would have responded six or seven years ago. I’m thinking I would’ve had the same long-term results: two or three gains (no matter how small) in a row and my resolve would have been shaken. But I don’t know….I think maybe too much time has passed for me to fully remember what it was like then. Maybe that’s a good thing?

  2. For me, even now, if my weight is up, it affects me. If my weight is down it affects me. Its not the number, its the up or down, so this scale would do me no good at all. And if I had it when I first started losing, it would have just added an extra step for me. I would know my approximate starting weight, and I would always be adding or subtracting from that number to see exactly what I weighed. It really seems like a gimmick to me, like that Mary Lou scale that came out a while ago. I like the idea of a free pedometer though.

  3. I got offered this one too! I thought it was an interesting concept that some of my readers might really like, as opposed to the “true” number. But, I have two scales already and am running out of room on my bathroom floor so didn’t try it out myself. I think for someone who wants to keep track so that they don’t gain a lot without knowing, yet doesn’t want to focus on numbers, it could be a great thing. I enjoyed reading your review.

  4. I believe that the special feature of showing only the weight loss or gain is great! This is what people should really look out for in the first place once they started on a wight loss program.

  5. I have the MaryLou’s Weigh scale, which is the same principle of no numbers. Only she says where you are in relation to your starting weight and then you get a pep talk, which can be annoying or not depending on the morning!

  6. For me personally it wouldn’t make a difference with a scale that just showed the loss. I’ve written about it before, but the truth is what it is, and now that I’m done sugarcoating it .. I don’t need to be babied, sort of. My number is what it is. Does that even make sense? Hmm!

  7. Interesting. For me, I rather just see the weight since I am in maintenance mode. I weigh each day & my numbers are that hormone fluctuating thing & up & down by 2- 3 pounds so I just need an accurate scale that weighs me! 😉

  8. Thanks for the review I have seen a few bloggers posting about this scale. I think if it works for folks it’s a great tool. We are all so different and need to find what works. I don’t mind seeing the number on the scale myself but I can see where this would be helpful for others.

  9. I think that for those who are not at their goal weight, this would be helpful if the “number” is upsetting. Like Jodi, I think it’s important if you’re maintaining to know what you weigh. I didn’t use a scale for a number of years because I didn’t think I needed it. It was easy for me to regain pounds and not have to face the music when I didn’t know the number. Now, although I may be frustrated when the number doesn’t move, I don’t let the scale dictate my behavior.

  10. As a maintainer, I am extremely interested in this concept. I think once I got into maintenance I just wanted to be able to not have to worry about numbers anymore and remain healthy. Period. This would allow me to do that instead of my current alternative, which is avoiding the scale altogether.

  11. they reached out to me and I said no (not my thing) but the husband was SOOOO EXCITED and agreed to do a post about it.

    I cant wait to see what he thinks too.

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