I’ve been trying weight tracking apps. Mainly because I’m trying to lose weight, but also because whenever I do anything I want to find the coolest apps for doing it. I drink wine and liquor so you know I’m loving Delectable, I sleep every night so of course I have Sleep Cycle, and I bike/walk/subway all around cities on a regular basis so, naturally, I love City Mapper. Each of those apps is amazing and took me months of trial and error going through other less excellent apps to find these diamonds in the rough . But I don’t think any app search has been as challenging as weight tracking apps.
There are a lot of weight tracking apps out there. I wish I could shake you and stare deep into your eyes as I say that. You don’t get it. There are way too many. Some look very pretty, some track every possible metric you can imagine , but most aren’t even worth mentioning. The problem with all of these apps is that you go through the trouble to diligently tap your weight in every day and… and then what? What is the point? You have your weight in an app and it just shows you back what you put in there? Excel can do that. A notebook can do that! It is almost like they know that I am just wasting my life on minutiae and are abusing that knowledge. Not cool.
The magic of Happy Scale is that it takes your weight data and shows you useful take aways. It shows you things that actually matter. For example, for a hundred different reasons your weight will bounce around every day when you weigh yourself. Are you overly hydrated? Did you eat a big dinner last night? Been a while since you have been to the little boys room ? All of these and so many more factors than you can imagine will cause your weight to fluctuate . Happy scale let’s you hide the noise from day to day variation and focus on a trend line that shows your actual progress . Here is the concept straight from the developer:
Happy Scale tries to maximize the scale’s benefits while neutralizing its weaknesses:
- To neutralize weight fluctuations, weigh yourself first thing in the morning, after using the restroom and before breakfast. It’s the most stabilized moment day-to-day, fluctuation-wise.
- To neutralize scale accuracy problems, weigh yourself every single day, once, and Happy Scale will use an advanced mathematical formula to pick out the trend while performing a moving average.
If you follow these two rules, Happy Scale will help you paint a very smoothed-out picture of your weight-loss journey!
Especially exciting is that HealthKit integration will be available soon. I’m trying the beta right now and it works seamlessly. I step on my fancy bluetooth scale  and my weight is automatically entered into HealthKit then immediately updated in Happy Scale. No effort on my part. If I manually enter a new weight into Happy Scale it syncs to HealthKit immediately so that any other app that uses HealthKit can access it. Look at the reviews of nearly every other weight tracking app out there and you will see hundreds of people begging for HealthKit integration.
That said, what really matter is that all of these numbers actually motivate me. Those little goals, weight trends, and progress indicators actually make me want to stick to my diet and keep working out. I feel happy seeing solid numbers showing up in those little green bubbles that track my recent weight loss. Its not just a string of numbers or a chaotic  chart. Happy Scale gives me actual insights that I actually find motivating.
In summary, here again, are the highlights:
- See what actually matters about your weight-loss: a trend line of your progress that lets you ignore the noise from day to day variation
- Set a goal and Happy Scale will automatically break it into small achievable milestones
- See updates on your progress and estimates of when you will hit your goals
- Integrate with HealthKit to read and write weights (pro version)
- Real motivation
The only downside is that the design is pretty dated. I vomit in my mouth a little every time I see the old school number pad for entering a new weight, but I guess that helps keep my weight down. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an updated look in a new version, especially since the icon was recently updated. It just… doesn’t delight me to look at it and usually my goal is to offer you things that are both delightful to use and to look at. Something to look forward to.
So, if you ignored the weight loss theory post, aren’t willing to dive head first into a keto-shake diet, but still want a new motivator to shed some pounds then Happy Scale has got to be your best option I can offer you. The standard version is completely free . Just click the fun little app store badge below and give it a try. Maybe even write a positive review on the App store, the developer's livelihood depends on those reviews so I'm sure he would be grateful and you can feel good about yourself with minimal effort.
Hey weird, did you notice how the names of each of those apps are blue… it is almost like those are links… wow… maybe you should click those links. I’ll bet those are affiliate links and by clicking on them you will make Apple think my site isn’t such a joke. Woah and if you download the free apps think how legit I’ll seem! But slow it down, if you actually buy something based on one of my affiliate links I’ll probably choke on the 20 cents I get from raw shock and awe at your amazingness ↩
Weight, BMI, body fat, waist, leg thickness… actually it offers more metrics than I can imagine. Who is imagining all of these things! Stop! ↩
haha yes, I totally would. If you have read any other post on this site, then you know that wasting your time with pointless comments and jokes that amuse only me is, like, my favorite part ↩
See, this is totally a family website. “Little boys room” is super family friendly ↩
As mentioned above, I don’t take too kindly to folks imagining too many things ↩
You can still see every exact data point if you want to obsess over a particularly good weigh-in though ↩
more on that guy soon ↩
ok, I know, I should feel guilty throwing around the word “chaotic” when I know what it actually means… but it’s Friday afternoon and I’m sleepy and, yes, googling “synonyms for chaotic” really would be that hard right now ↩
I bought the pro version (in app purchase) because I want HealthKit integration and also because the developer recently had twins and come on man, don’t be such an a-hole, support a developer who has two little baby mouths to feed ↩