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I tested this smart way to track your fitness and weight loss

Many of us have made a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight this year, but how many of us have actually stuck to it?

Whether you’re on track to reach your fitness goal or want to get your fitness goal back on track, one of the best tools in your arsenal is a good set of bathroom scales.

There are many on the market, but a new gadget from Renpho aims to make weight tracking smarter, syncing with a smartphone app to take a series of measurements and linking all the data to your favorite wearable devices and apps.

Renpho Smart Scale

The scales themselves are a bit of a design. Very sleek and modern, with a reassuring weight and the glossy tempered glass surface is easy to clean.

It’s cheap too. At £29.99 (there’s also a deal for just £19.99 on Amazon) for the version I tested, there are much more expensive scales out there, even without all the smart technology.

By the way, this smart technology is unlocked once you connect your phone. As a stand-alone device, its bright LED will give you nothing more than your weight, in any units you choose.

But connect it to a smartphone and you will be offered 13 different measurements. Using electrodes, the scale can display an array of data, including BMI, muscle mass, and body fat percentage.

This is tracked over a series of records so you can track your daily, weekly or monthly progress on a graph. There’s even a user setting, so the whole family can track their personal progress.

It also connects well with some of the biggest fitness apps in the business, including Samsung Health, Apple Health, Fitbit and Google Fit.

Renpho Smart Scale

Plotting your achievements (or failures) on a graph and allowing you quick access to track them has become a big motivation for everyone who has signed up for the various digital ecosystems over the years. And these scales offer a great new measure to add to your health mix.

It’s a shame the connection is via Bluetooth rather than WiFi, but connecting is quick and easy and it’s one less device to hog your bandwidth.

All in all, it’s easy to give the Renpho Smart Scale a four star. For the price, it’s amazing what it can do and how much it can give you that motivational boost to regain control of your weight loss.