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Ditch the limited ‘sad step’ – what you need are a set of super-smart body monitoring scales

Fitbit Aria 2

Part of the Fitbit family, which includes fitness trackers and healthy smartwatches, these second-generation wi-fi Aria scales use bioelectrical impedance to clock weight, body fat, lean mass versus body fat and BMI for up to eight users. There’s no heart rate monitor and you get fewer stats displayed on Aria’s retro porthole window display but firing up the Fitbit app yields some treasures. You can set goals for weight and body fat, track progress with charts and plug in activity, sleep and calorie intake stats from your other compatible trackers and apps such as MyFitnessPal, Strava and Weight Watchers. £119.99, fitbit.com

MyZone MZ-20

The newest body analyser on test, the MZ-20 is also the most comprehensive. Geared more towards serious training than general weight loss, it supplies readouts (as a percentage and weight) that no other scales offer. These include water, muscle, body fat, bone, protein and minerals. It’ll also estimate your basal metabolic rate — the number of calories your body needs just to stay alive — and how this rate compares with the population and your metabolic age. You can set targets and see trend charts for each metric, though the app is quite complicated and you’ll need to open it each time you weigh in. £49.99, myzone.org

Garmin Index Smart Scales

If you’re a runner, cyclist, swimmer or all three and a paid-up member of Team Garmin, the Index scales make a great addition to fitness tools. They automatically recognise up to 16 users, firing weight, BMI, body fat percentage, water percentage, muscle mass and bone mass stats to the Garmin Connect app. It’s disappointing that goal setting is restricted to weight and you can only chart your weight-loss progress in the app but when it comes to putting your weight in context of your wider sport-specific training, this is really the best option. If you own a Garmin, that is. £129.99, buy.garmin.com

Nokia Body Cardio

Sleek, stylish and brilliantly smart, Body Cardio automatically recognises up to eight users. Smart bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) sensors track a huge range of body composition stats, including weight, body fat and water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass and BMI. There’s nicely accurate standing heart rate measuring, too. You get your readouts on an easy-to-read LCD display or synced wirelessly via wi-fi and Bluetooth to a Health Mate partner app that’s excellent for digging deeper and tracking trends. With pregnancy and new baby modes for mums and dads-to-be, and athlete or regular human mode for improved accuracy, this is the ultimate family body monitor. £129.95, health.nokia.com

Nokia Body Cardio

Sleek, stylish and brilliantly smart, Body Cardio automatically recognises up to eight users. Smart bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) sensors track a huge range of body composition stats, including weight, body fat and water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass and BMI. There’s nicely accurate standing heart rate measuring, too. You get your readouts on an easy-to-read LCD display or synced wirelessly via wi-fi and Bluetooth to a Health Mate partner app that’s excellent for digging deeper and tracking trends. With pregnancy and new baby modes for mums and dads-to-be, and athlete or regular human mode for improved accuracy, this is the ultimate family body monitor. £129.95, health.nokia.com