FitBit Aria Review

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A lot of people have a love/hate relationship with the scale, especially if their scale is off by even one pound from the Doctor’s office. It’s easy for a scale to make your self-esteem plummet. However, you can also use that disappointment as motivation to keep seeing better numbers every time you step on. Most scales will only tell you your weight, sometimes they will tell you your fat percentage and water percentage. But when it comes to all the bells and whistles, the Fitbit Aria has got you covered.

This scale is Bluetooth capable, making it simple to sync your data and view your weight, lean mass, body fat, and BMI right on your phone (smartphone of course). Since this scale has enough storage space for up to eight users, your whole family (or friends) can enjoy the benefits of the scale. What’s more, is that everyone’s personal stats stay private.

If you utilize the tools that come with the Fitbit app, you can track, and personalize, your eating habits, your workouts, your sleep routine and much more. The app will keep track of your step count, how many floors you climb in a day, how many miles you’ve gone, the calories you’ve burned, how long you’ve been active, etc.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Track exercise and sleep

Log weight, BMI, etc

Access to coaching

Trusted brand

Motivational challenges

Cons

Comparatively expensive

Troubleshooting issues

Brand

Brand

Fitbit is a company that has a team of employees who are committed to fitness and health and are helping to build products that will assist in transforming consumers’ lives. Health is a serious subject, but FitBit believes in lightening the mood as much as possible. They believe that you are much more likely to want to reach goals when encouraged to smile and have fun. They believe this will help you feel motivated and empowered throughout your journey.

FitBit’s founders, James and Eric, had the realization in 2007 that the quickly improving technology as far as wireless products and sensors had become so advanced that they could be utilized to bring incredible experiences and tools to health and fitness for countless people. Because of this epiphany, they began their journey to designing a wearable product to change how we move and live.

FitBit’s main objective is to inspire and empower consumers to live a more active, healthier lifestyle. And they want to make it as convenient as possible. The products they design are created in order to seamlessly fit into your life in order to easily help you achieve your fitness and health goals.
What does it measure?

What does it measure?

Some of the measurements this scale can take are your BMI, weight, body fat percentage, and lean mass. All of which will automatically sync to your Fitbit dashboard on your app. Why do you want to know these values? There are many reasons!

You want to track your weight habitually. It is a powerfully motivational tool in weight loss efforts as well as efforts to just be healthier. Tracking your weight is a very good way to gauge how you’re doing and if you need to adjust your strategy. Studies also suggest that if you keep track of your weight more regularly, it can actually help to prevent unwanted weight gain. The more aware you are of your weight, the more focused you’ll be on a healthier lifestyle.

Tracking your fat percentage is important because having too much fat (certain types) can result in health problems. If you’re eating a lot of saturated fat (fatty meat and dairy products), you could be raising your cholesterol levels. This will increase your risk of heart disease.

Your lean mass is the result of subtracting your body fat weight from your total weight. In other words, your total body weight is your lean mass plus your fat mass. Typically, LBM (lean body mass) ranges between sixty and ninety percent of the total body weight. If a woman has an LBM percentage that is less than sixty-eight percent, she would be labeled as unhealthy, just like a man with an LBM percentage of less than seventy-five percent.

Your BMI (body mass index) is a tool for measuring body fat. Obesity and overweight labels are handed out to those who have “too much fat”. Having too much fat will present a risk to your health. The most common way to determine body fat is to look at the ratio of weight to height squared. 18.5-24.9 is considered a normal ratio. If your ratio is above 30, that qualifies as overweight.
Fitbit Dashboard

Fitbit Dashboard

A great benefit of purchasing a product from this company is that it comes with a dashboard so that you can track many things and make adjustments, as well as enjoy coaching and motivational challenges along the way. With the Aria scale, your information will automatically sync to your dashboard using Bluetooth. You will be able to view your stats via simple graphs.

Don’t panic if you’re not tech-savvy. Connecting to the scale via Bluetooth is relatively simple, and there is a guide included with your product that will help assist you through the process. If you do have trouble with connecting the two devices, you can always call customer service and receive friendly assistance.

The app will be a great tool for setting goals regarding your hydration, weight, activity level, nutrition, and sleep patterns. You can track your progress along the way as an extra motivational tool. If that’s not enough, the dashboard will help by offering achievement badges if you complete a challenge or reach a goal. According to the company, seventy percent of people who use the Aria scale and the dashboard have lost weight in the first six months!
Calorie Counting

Calorie Counting

With Fitbit, you can log your meals and use the calorie coaching on the dashboard to see the difference between how many calories you’re taking in vs. how many calories you’re burning off. The fact of the matter when it comes to calories and losing weight is that you need to create a calorie deficit. If your program for weight loss is working, it’s because you’re burning more calories than you’re eating.

As an example, if you eat a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s, it has four hundred and sixty calories all by itself. To burn off that one sandwich, the average person would need to do moderate aerobics for at least an hour. That is doable. However, most people don’t only eat the cheeseburger. There is typically also a drink and fries, right? All of a sudden you need to work out for half of the day in order to burn your lunch off.

The recommended calorie goal for people trying to lose weight really depends on gender and size. Some people can follow diets that limit calories to twelve hundred and slim down. However, the average goal is between fifteen and seventeen hundred calories in a day. This does vary depending on your activity level, weight, age, and gender. Consult your doctor if you’re unsure of what your calorie goals should be.
Health Coaching

Health Coaching

Another fantastic advantage of having the Fitbit Aria scale along with the dashboard/app is that you can enjoy health coaching. “Care” was created in order to empower coaching across the board for consumer health. The services that are offered for support to their users will be able to help anyone with their goals, whether it be a simple lifestyle change or a major change that will affect their lives on a larger scale.

The services and advice provided by the coaches include anything from general wellness and health coaching to more complex disease management. There are programs available to specifically cater to those with hypertension or diabetes, as well as for those who are looking to lose weight or quit smoking cigarettes, and others.

When people are involved in the planning of their health journey, they are more likely to make the change and keep the change. This results in better outcomes. Science and behavioral psychology are the foundation of this experience.

With today’s technology and how integral it is in our daily lives, it is essential for your health helper to be able to mesh easily into your lifestyle. You don’t need to be at home, in front of a computer, or on the phone to access stats, assistance, and advice. You can access these all on your smartphone or via a compatible wristband.

You can receive support in the method of text messages. You can also receive phone calls or do a video chat. You can access your care team via cell phone, desktop computer, laptop, and tablet. Once you’ve made a health plan with your coach, you will receive reminders and notifications. (You can always personalize these settings.)
Digital Therapeutics

Digital Therapeutics

Digital therapeutics is a fancy word for using digital technology in order to monitor, discipline, and treat psychological or medical conditions. This treatment relies solely on the participation of the user. You must commit to changing some lifestyle and behavioral habits. The health coaching available to you with this brand is considered digital therapeutics.

The data regarding your health that is collected and looked over can serve as both a preventative measure and progress report. Using this method of treatment can help people save money vs. other medicine or treatment plans. Not only is your data monitored, you receive professional guidance and accountability help. If you still need to go to a regular doctor, you can still benefit from the extra support.

This method of treatment is beneficial for many conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes. There is no specific methodology for this kind of product/service. This one uses CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) in order to try to get people to realize the need to make changes to their lifestyle. Another method implemented is the use of notifications that are meant to assist in behavior changes.
Returns

Returns

If for any reason, there is an issue with your purchase or you are dissatisfied with its performance, you have forty-five days from the day that the item was shipped to ask for a refund. You can certainly return a product purchased via Fitbit.com as long as you follow the terms of use and the terms of returns.

The only way that you can receive your refund for any item is to return the defective or unsatisfactory item to the company. It must be in good condition (not broken or damaged post-purchase). All of the accessories that were included with the item must also be included when the item is returned. You must have the authorization for return number included with the product.

You will not be refunded for any gift wrap fees, taxes paid, or shipping/handling costs. The cost to ship the item to be returned is your responsibility and will not be reimbursed. If the package is lost or damaged during transit, it is also your responsibility. If you do not follow one or any of these guidelines, Fitbit does reserve the right to refuse to accept your return or to charge a fifteen percent (of the original price of the product) restocking fee. If the retail value of accessories or parts that are missing happens to be greater, it will be the fee.

Products do come with a warranty which can be viewed online or in the manual you receive with your purchase.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This modern scale with a sleek glass surface will fit into almost any nook or cranny because it is just one and a half inches thick. Even if it is visible to your guests, it will not be an eyesore whatsoever. Maybe your guests will even hop on it. As long as they are between four and a half and one hundred and eighty kilograms, they can weigh themselves all they want.

With the Aria, you’re not just getting a slim scale. You’re getting a scale that can store information for up to eight people. Information that will be kept private. Information that can help track and adjust health. This scale connects to your phone and comes with an app that offers all kinds of monitoring, goals, treatment plans, and quality guidance and assistance. Smart scales do come with a higher price tag, but a lot of people benefit tremendously from all of the features, making it well worth the money.