|Collage of promo pictures and photos of my #surpahs scale. Note top right: It is just the scale, I photographed with other tools that I find useful including a tape measure and calipers. You don’t need either of those to use the scale.|
My Background With Similar Products:
|The Surpahs Dual-S Digital Body Fat Scale is a useful tool, especially when used in coordination with other tools such as a simple tape measure and calipers. I prefer it to calipers as it is easier to self administer.|
About Surpahs Scale:
“With the latest 4 G-Sensors it provides high precision body weight measurement. It is enabled by the latest Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology with 4-electrode measurement to estimate the percentage of body fat, body water, and muscle & bone mass. BIA is considered reasonably accurate for measuring groups, or for tracking body composition in an individual over a period of time, but is not considered sufficiently accurate for recording of single measurements of individuals. In recent years technological improvements have made BIA a more reliable and therefore more acceptable way of measuring body composition under most conditions, as the BIA is based on body water balance, your state of hydration can impact the level of accuracy. Overall the BIA provides an inexpensive, reliable way to estimate and track body fat level.” Description From Surpahs
|Promotional Picture from Surpahs highlights the six key measures taken by Surpahs Dual-S Digital Body Fat Scale|
Surpah’s Scale Measures or Estimates:
- Body weight
- Body fat percent
- Water weight
- Muscle mass
- Bone Mass
- Estimates calories burned in a day – I am curious what this is based on as I find it too generous (see my comments in my evaluation)
Note, my Surpahs Dual-S Digital Body Fat Scale does not give a BMI (Body Mass Index) measurement. I thought I would mention that because many reviews state that it does. I am not sure whether a previous model reported BMI. However, since BMI is really just plugging your height and weight into a formula, you do not need a scale to make this calculation. While BMI has uses, I think it is a flawed measure as all it factors is height and weight. So I do not object to the exclusion of BMI.
Specifications Surpahs Dual-S Body Fat Scale:
- Size: 11 x 9.6 x 0.9″ / 280x245x23mm
- Weight Capacity: 150 kg / 330 lb
- Weight Unit: kg /lb
- Weight Graduation: 0.1 kg / 0.2 lb
- Body Fat Graduation: 0.1%
- Battery: 4xAAA (included)
- 4 Users profile memory
- Sense-ON, Auto-OFF
- Low battery indication
- Over load indication
My Tips for Using a BIA Body Fat Scales Like Surpahs Dual-S Digital Body Fat Scale:
As we know, weight fluctuates day to day and moment to moment. Body fat estimates using BIA can fluctuate as well. For that matter your actual body fat percent can vary without a change in actual body fat. That is because it is the ratio of body fat vs. everything else that is in or on your body. The main source of this variation is fluctuations in fluid retention and release. When you retain more fluids, your weight will fluctuate up and your body fat down. When you are more dehydrated, your weight will be down but your total estimated body far percent would be lower. To some extent this can be true as fluid weight is lean mass (meaning not body fat).
More Quick Tips When Using a BIA Scale:
- Have clean, bare, slightly damp feet for best contact (no socks and dry, hard skin can sometimes hinder the reading)
- Be as consistent as possible about when you weigh
- Remember your weight is a composite number, and your body fat, bone density, etc are estimates and may fluctuate based on hydration levels.
- Some people use a scale to monitor their hydration after a vigorous workout. Simply weight oneself before the workout then after. Usually, the goal is to plan to replace that fluid over the next few hours. (Please don’t drink water at an unnatural rate as in rare cases it is dangerous to do so).
- Take measurements using a tape measure as a “BS” detector, if your measurements and body fat percent decrease together, then you know you are on the right track (if fat loss is your goal). I have experimented with different frequencies and find that I prefer to take measurements monthly (though some people may prefer bi-weekly).
- Consider plugging your weight, body fat percent and other stats into an app or program that does a running average. This will smooth out the daily fluctuations and help you see the real trend. One well known example is “the hackers diet” but there are many other apps that do similar.
- Don’t fixate on the weight or body fat estimate on any particular day, watch for trends over time and adjust your diet, hydration and exercise according to your results.
My Evaluation of Surpahs Dual-S Body Fat Scale
What I liked:
I find the weight and body fat percent seem pretty accurate compared to other methods I have tried.I am not sure how to judge the muscle mass, water weight and bone mass estimates though I find them interesting.
I also appreciate the compact footprint and attractive design. I feel the different measures are much more helpful than simply reporting weight.
It is reasonably priced, my other BIA scale was at least twice the price.
What I Feel Needs Improvement:
My Overall Verdict:
Where to Purchase Surpahs Dual-S Body Fat Scale:
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The Surpahs Dual-S Digital Body Fat Scale is available on the Surpahs Website and on their Amazon product listing: Surpahs Dual-S Body Fat Scale
Also on Feeling Fit, Bit by Bit:
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- How to Measure and Calibrate Your Fitbit Stride Settings
- iMaze Fitness Dual Heart Rate Monitor Strap Review
- Using a Pocket Scale For Nutrition Portion Control Tutorial and Review
- Excerpt From Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles
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