In late 2013, I decided that enough was enough.  I was tired of being overweight and I proceeded to change my life over the next year by dropping over 50 lbs and getting into the best shape of my life (at age 42). 


As I inch closer towards my 47th birthday, I have managed to keep it off and weigh what I did when I graduated high school.  This is thanks to the 70-80km (45-50 miles) that I run each week, plus hundreds of pull-ups, crunches and kettlebell swings.


However, even I am not sure that I could truly handle a Naked Scan ...


There is a new product (from Naked Labs, click here to see it) that is designed to give you a true indication of your body.  It scans your body, from head to toe, to give you incredible accurate, 3D scans of your body.  The goal is not to shame you, but rather to inspire you.


As the video on the web page goes, it is actually a pretty easy process:

  1. There is a scale (one that spins you around like a table top) and a smart mirror.These both work with a smartphone app
  2. Although the video shows the gentleman wearing boxers, you are expected to do this with no clothes on, not even socks.
  3. The system scans your body, walking you through the process.
  4. It keeps track of 9 different measurements, such as your fat percentage and circumference of different body parts.


The team at CNET tried the device and each offered their comments (click here).  Their responses reflect the expected array of responses that most people will have.  They range from people talking about how it made them feel depressed, some said that it was helpful to get to see where to target and some found it inspiring.  I guess it depends on how you see yourself in the mirror.


For me, I think it is an incredible breakthrough in technology that a company is able to offer this for the home, even at its $1400US price tag.  From that standpoint, I think it is a home run product.  From a day to day use one, I am kind of mixed in terms of how I feel about it.  I see the benefits of knowing the truth about your body, but I also know that most adults have a high insecurity factor about their body and this information may actually cause more harm than good for some.


So, should you get one?  I guess it depends on what “stage” of your health you are in.  Most people dread getting onto a scale, and if you are in that stage, I would not get one.  However, once you start your weight loss, many enjoy seeing the results, and that would be a good time to get one.  Finally, if you are one that takes “the truth” to heart, you may not appreciate how bluntly this machine will provide information ...there is no covering up a Naked scan!

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