How Phil lost weight and got less fat with the Withings Body smart scale

OK, let's get one thing straight. Knowing how much you weigh won't actually cause you to lose weight. The scale is just the messenger, right? But I've been a HUGE fan of the Withings Body scale (it's actually my second one, having upgraded from the older model) for a couple years now.

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The gist: You stand on it. It weighs you and uploads the data to The Cloud™. Weight, BMI, even things like air quality and how much of your body is made up of water. And it's smart enough to handle multiple family members. (My wife and kids all weigh different enough so that we're easily discerned, anyway.)

And then? You follow the trend line. Don't worry so much about the daily numbers. Look at it weekly. If you're losing weight, you'll know it. Same if you're gaining. It's super smart, and super easy. An app for Android (opens in new tab). And one for iOS (opens in new tab). A web-based dashboard. HealthKit. Google Fit. Withings ties into it all, and made all of this super-easy for me.

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Phil Nickinson
  • You can definitely tell you've lost weight. Great job man. It's really important to stay healthy.
  • Thanks! I'm feeling pretty good about it.
  • Good job Phil. I have been wanting to get one for a while. I tend to go in spurts where I am good and then get bad and stay bad for a while. I don't have a scale so weight myself only when I go to my parents roughly once a month. If I weight daily I would keep an eye on it and correct quicker I have a feeling.
  • Yep, definitely helps to do it more often than that. Good luck!
  • Great job losing weight Phil! i have a similar scale but without the smart connection. I may pull the plug on this scale! I've been tracking my biking all last year and the info is great to have and look at for ways to improve your routine/lifestyle. Thanks!
  • I really do highly recommend this one.
  • If you want to look thinner you don't have to lose weight....just hang out with people fatter than you.
  • Great job Phil on the weight loss! I have the previous version of that scale at home. Mine doesn't do the body composition thing, but it does fat mass and BMI. As someone who has lost a massive amount of weight (181 lbs so far), I can attest that regular tracking helps to keep my head in the game. I do weigh almost every day just to keep in check, but I do my "official" weigh-in on Wednesdays. There are numerous factors for weight fluctuations on a daily basis (did you poo yesterday?), so a 1 or 2 lb gain from one day to the next isn't uncommon. However, if the general trend from week to week is heading in the right direction, you are doing great.
  • Exactly! That trend line is what's important.
  • Props to phil!
    I'm all in when it comes to fitness. Not a fan of anything smart in fitness tho. Ppl were getting in shape long before these gimmicks.
    Props again phil
  • It's a tool. Not a gimmick. I still have to do the work.
  • Excellent headline lol
  • Headline should have been: How Phil got hot.
  • Don't weigh yourself, it's very misleading.
    Use the mirror if you care about losing fat. Focus on training seriously, eating healthy.
    Educate yourself about how to train efficiently. TRAIN, don't "work out". Best of luck
  • Weighing yourself is still a pretty good way to measure how much you weigh, right?
  • I have one of these scales. It works well and has become part of my daily routine, get up, stand on the scale then get breakfast. There are other scales that do the same thing but the Withings scale works for me.
  • Pretty much my routine, too.
  • I have an off brand scale that shows my weight and some approximation of fat, bone, muscle percentages. It's nice, but I realize now, the easy weight tracking, which mine does not do, is a crucial feature. Thanks for the video. Side note, kudos for putting in the work to drop your weight. Happy for you and your fam!
  • The title of this post makes it sound like Withings paid you to write it. Not saying they did but it just sounds like an infomercial..
  • I wish there was more intercompatibility in data with the different fitness sites. I'm mainly on Garmin since I use their Forerunner 235 for running. I'd have to use their scale (which costs about 50% more) in order to get all the weight data to sync in.
  • I think spending the $100 bucks on a gym membership would be more useful. You could use their scale, too. I realize typing 3 numbers once every few days is taxing, but.....
  • It did feel a little infomercial-y but seems like a decent product. I think I missed how much it cost?
    Good to keep track of weight loss and keep yourself motivated.
    Looking good Phil!
    I have a similar routine since changing my diet except my scale is archaic and requires me to manually input my weight into my logger :P