MyFitnessPal is a popular app from Under Armour. Available free on Apple and Android devices, MyFitnessPal helps you track exactly what calories, macros, and vitamins/minerals you’re ingesting with each meal, each day. But if you want to seamlessly and efficiently monitor you health you don’t just need the right app – you need a smart weight scale that is compatible with it too. In this post we discuss the best options for smart scales that work with MyFitnessPal.
There are a number of things you should be considering when choosing a smart scale:
What do you want to measure? If you want to measure things like body fat and other body composition metrics there are smart scales for that. This will obviously cost more though and there are issues about accuracy with these scales. However, if used under consistent conditions they can be useful for tracking overall progress over time, even if exact measurements aren’t 100% correct.
Platform size – if you have larger feet or mobility issues, you may need a larger platform.
Display – what is the size of the display and is there backlighting? This can effect how well you can see the results. But it’s also about aesthetics. Some displays make things more personalised with your name and/or emoticons to reflect how well you are progressing against your goals.
Wifi or Bluetooth – If you do not have good wifi access in your bathroom you may want a Bluetooth enabled scale.
Because MyFitnessPal is so popular as a health app, there are in fact many smart scales that are compatible with it. We have looked around at the different options however and felt these were the top 4 options out there. These are also the only scales that are featured on the MyFitnessPal apps page.
Top 3 smart scales compatible with MyFitnessPal
1 – Under Armour UA Scale
I would say the best option for MyFitnessPal is to go with UnderArmour’s own product, the UnderArmour UA Scale. By keeping your scale within the UA ecosystem you are ensuring that you are future-proofing yourself against any compatibility or integration issues. You you can also purchase the scale as a part of the complete UA Healthbox system which comes with the scale, wristband, and chest strap, all connected wirelessly to interface with the MyFitnessPal app.
The scale itself has a sleek design, and can track your body weight, body fat percentage, and progress towards you weight loss goal. It connects via Wi-Fi to your phone, and can recognize up to eight different users. It has an easy-to-read LED screen. All this means that the scale is easy to use and accurate for helping you track your own progress towards your goals, as well as the progress of your spouse or other people you live with.
The wristband tracks sleep, heart rate, steps, and workout intensity. It’s water resistant, lets you track workouts and music, and will connect to your phone via Bluetooth. This all means it can complement your workout and other fitness tools to measure the inputs and outputs of all your workouts, and thereby keep you motivated!
Finally, the chest strap can directly measure the electrical impulse of your heartbeat to connect with the wristband and your phone in tracking your effort. It’s water resistant so it won’t be damaged when you get really sweat, and it automatically syncs with your phone. Overall, the UA Health Box is a complete package to complement the diet tracking you’d do on MyFitnessPal.
2 – Fitbit Aria
Another smart scale option is the Fitbit Aria. It comes in black or white, (both look cool,) and will track weight, BMI, and body fat percentage for up to eight users. It syncs wirelessly with a Fitbit tracker to help you measure the inputs and outputs of your workouts. Fitbit Aria can also sync to your computer or tablet to see the history of your exercise every day and over time, to help you stay motivated and on track. It’s water resistant so it won’t be damaged by humid bathroom use. Overall, the Fitbit Aria is another great option to combine with the calorie tracking abilities of MyFitnessPal, to know how much you’re eating, how many calories you’re burning, and what impact those inputs are having on your body.
3 – Runtastic Libra
Finally, you could consider the Runtastic Libra. This smart scale tracks a whole host of metrics, including weight, body fat, body mass index, body water content, muscle mass, and bone mass. It can tell you your daily calorie needs, and help you track your goal progress. Via Bluetooth, it can connect to iPhones and Android phones for easy data transfer and display.
Overall, it’s another great option to consider if you’re looking for a scale that can connect with your phone and the MyFitnessPal app in keeping you motivated through workout and calorie tracking.
The truth is any of these scales would be useful when combined with MyFitnessPal. And in fact many smart scales are indeed compatible with MyFitnessPal, so this is by no means an exclusive list. If you truly want the most seamless and future-proofed smart scale for MyFitnessPal (and you have the budget for it) you might want to go for the UnderArmour’s very own UA scale, since they both belong to the UnderArmour family. Otherwise, any of these smart scales are a good option.