The Diet Detective: 4 Calorie Bargains to Help You Lose Weight

Here are a few of my latest Calorie Bargain findings—healthy living products to help you live better.

Calorie Bargain: Withings The WiFi Body Scale

The Why: This looks like a regular scale, but when you open up the packaging it comes in you can tell it's different. There is a USB cord that connects to your computer. The setup is pretty simple. And once you're up and running, the Withings WiFi Body Scale automatically records your body weight, lean and fat mass and calculated body mass index (BMI) and sends the information to a Web page (that you create during the setup process), or, better yet, to your iPhone. It also works with an iPad or Android. One scale will handle and manage input from up to eight users.

The Health Bonus: Frequent self-weighing will not make you depressed, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. The study, which was published in the journal Preventive Medicine, found no strong evidence linking frequent scale-stepping with depression in women. In addition, daily weighing, rather than once a week or month, was associated with lower Body Mass Index levels in women 40 years or older. Finally, a study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that daily weighing is helpful "to individuals trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain."

What We Liked Best: It's really cool that you can weigh yourself and have the results show up in a chart on your phone.

The Price: $159.00 plus shipping.

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Calorie Bargain: Blood Pressure Monitor

The Why: Yes, another cool Withings product. Blood pressure is an important indicator of health. That's why it gets taken every time you go to the doctor. The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor measures, calculates and graphs your blood pressure. It connects right to your iPhone and automatically puts the results into the Withings free app so you don't have to manually update your health information.

The Health Bonus: According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways." Additionally, "High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems."

What We Liked Best: If you use Microsoft HealthVault or Google Health you can activate synchronization so that all your health records are in a single place.

The Price: $129.00

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