The Redmond smart scales make it easy to keep an eye on your diet – calories and nutrition.
The generic “they” talk about the bikini diet, but if you holiday, and go into the sea in the UK, then it is the wetsuit diet that you need to pay attention to. A week of bodyboarding in Cornwall made me realise that I had expanded somewhat since the last time I had worn my wetsuit – there is no hiding once you are in it, and of course the thickness of the neoprene adds bulk all over.
I generally do not really believe in diets, I try and move lots, eat healthily and if I over indulge one day then make a real effort to eat mainly vegetables the next. I think that staying in shape is about a lifestyle choice, rather than a restrictive diet.
However I do find it immensely helpful to be aware of what I am eating, and I think it is good to have a reminder of both portion sizes and calories counts, so I was delighted when the new smart SkyScales arrived from Redmond (who also make excellent multicookers and other gadgets), which connect to your Apple or Android phone or tablet via Bluetooth and calculate the nutritional information of what you are weighing.
Once paired, your phone shows the weight on the scales, and once you select a food, it will also show basic nutritional information such as calories, carbs, protein and fat. My large (85g) portion of pasta came in at just under 286cal, with my generous bunch of tomatoes having just 15!
As you weight each ingredient for a dish the app will tot them all up, so you have an idea of the calories in your meal – which I imagine can be quite a wakeup call – as many of us do not realise quite how many calories we get through – a glug of oil, a pat of butter and a sprinkle of cheese will add a fair few calories to my basic pasta dish. The app also tots up the total weight of the food, and shows a basic breakdown of proteins, fats and carbs. If an item is missing then you can add it manually, if you add an incorrect item simply swipe right to remove it.
Of course the scales work without the app, we’ve been using them for sourdough bread where accuracy is essential, they weigh from 2g to 5kg in 1g increments. There is a tare function to allow you to add and weigh, as well as a kitchen timer. We loved the large screen with its large (almost 4cm high) backlit digits which are so clear and easy to read.
A good digital scale can easily cost up to £50, and the SkyScale with the added functionality via the app are currently on sale at £41.90.
I’ll probably not be analysing everything in everything that I cook, but I will be using the Sky Scales with the app for a few weeks to keep track on what I am eating, and to re-educate me on portion sizes, and the calories in them. It is all too easy to grate lots of extra cheese onto your pasta, but now I can see how many calories I am adding, I am fairly sure that I’ll stop grating sooner than I might do otherwise!
Redmond SkyScales – Main Features
- Helps your diet stay on track by showing a running total, via the app, of total calories, carbs, fats and protein added to a meal
- Hundreds of foods listed in the app – a simple app update will add more foods and information
- Wide range – 2g – 5kg in 1g increments
- Tare function so you can add and weigh
- Super clear large, backlit display that is suitable for those with poor eyesight
- Smart clean design that is easy to wipe clean
- Uses readily available and cheap AAA batteries
Review & photography commissioned by Redmond, all opinions our own.