WSFA/NBC - Obesity medicine experts say scales that measure muscle mass, water weight and fat are getting more accurate and helping patients to lose weight in a healthier way.
UT health obesity medicine specialist Deborah Horn says she puts patients on this $9,000 scale to help decipher what makes up body weight. On the journey to lose fat, she says pounds don't reveal everything.
"Some weeks you may do all the right things on the program that you are working but the scale doesn't change. Right? That can be really frustrating. That can happen a couple of weeks in a row," Horn said. "If you're looking at percent body fat what you'll be able to see is things like actually muscle mass increasing, body fat going down, and the weight staying the same. So, you're changing your body composition but not changing but not changing the number on the scale. And that's encouraging to see when you're working so hard,"
Horn also said what she thought about the less expensive at home version scales.
"So, they work, they are just not as accurate because they only have one electrical frequency."
Which, horn said can be beneficial if you're in the normal and overweight categories. Horn advises obese people, those with a BMI above 30 to consult with a doctor.
"I think it's cool, I think it's pretty cool. I think it's gonna help a lot of people that's for sure," Rolando Hinojosa a patient said.
So, if you are just trying to monitor fat loss from home, the at-home versions can help if you're in that normal range.
Experts say that women need to aim to keep body fat under 32 percent and men need to stay under 25 percent.