Well, I feel a bit guilty writing this review having just ate a medium-size Brownie-Oreo Avalanche Blizzard from Dairy Queen (it is the Blizzard’s 25th anniversary this year and I haven’t had one in a couple of years, if that’s any justification or excuse). At least I was at a metal fest last weekend and spent nearly an hour in the pit burning off some calories in advance (I know that’s not how it works), in addition to venting some pent up aggression (and, yes, that’s how that works).
The Tanita BC-350 Ironman Body Composition Monitor looks like your average bathroom scale, but it actually introduces many new ways to feel guilty about your body, fitness output, and nutritional input. Not only does this scale measure your weight (to 0.1 pounds – a first for this increment and an industry best), it will also have you looking at (and wondering what some of them are) such compositional elements as body fat percentage, body water percentage, muscle mass, physique rating (should come in handy when filling out personal ad profiles), basal metabolic rate, bone mass, and visceral fat rating.
The Tanita BC-350 Ironman Body Composition Monitor may help you out as being a source of motivation and if this is your only means of measuring these body composition elements, it’s at least a constant. However, the best way to measure body fat percentage is Hydrodensitometry Weighing (Underwater Weighing), not by sending electrical currents through the body as the BC-350 does. In fact, all measurements taken by the Ironman Body Composition Monitor are done with full body bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). And, while it’s fine to check up on your physical composition, it’s best to adhere to a fitness and nutritional regimen while taking waist (and other body) measurements to track your progress.
Undressing the Tanita Ironman Body Composition Monitor
The capacity of the BC-350 Ironman Body Composition Monitor is 330 pounds and it takes two lithium CR2032 batteries to operate.
The scale costs a staggering $269.99, but with the growing obesity epidemic in the U.S., it might be worth the cost for anyone looking for motivation and a way to track their progress.