Body Composition Monitor and Scale with Bluetooth® Connectivity

Model: BCM-500

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Frequently Asked Questions


Body Composition

What happens if I take a reading before pairing my BCM-500 to my smart device?
FAQ answer

If you take a reading before pairing your BCM-500 to your smart device, the data will not upload to the Omron HeartAdvisor app. You must pair your BCM-500 with your smart device first for the app to gather and retain data.

Can I let someone else use my BCM-500 to take a reading?
FAQ answer

This OMRON body composition monitor and scale stores up to 30 readings for four profiles, tracking your progress. See Section 5, Set-up your Personal Data, in your instruction manual to learn how. Your BCM-500 also has a Guest Mode for occasional visitors. These recordings, however, are not recorded. See Section 10, Guest Mode, for more information.

How accurate is my BCM-500?
FAQ answer

The BCM-500 is clinically validated for accuracy of Visceral Fat Level, Body Fat Percentage, Skeletal Muscle Percentage and Resting Metabolism.

How is body fat calculated?
FAQ answer

Omron’s Fat Loss Monitor with Scale estimates the body fat percentage by using the Bioelectrical Impedance (BI) Method. Muscles, blood vessels and bones are body tissues having a high water content that conducts electricity easily. Body fat is tissue that has little electrical conductivity. The Fat Loss Monitor with Scale sends an extremely weak electrical current of 50 kHz and less and 500 µA through your body to determine the amount of fat tissue. This weak electrical current is not felt while operating the Fat Loss Monitor with Scale.

How do I calculate lean body mass?
FAQ answer

If you would like to manually calculate your lean body mass you can do so by subtracting your body fat in pounds from your total body weight. You can determine the amount of body fat in pounds by multiplying your weight by the body fat percentage. For example, a 200lb person with 20% body fat would have 40 lbs of fat (200 X .20). His lean body mass would then be 200-40= 160lbs.

Is there a recommended time to take a measurement of your body fat?
FAQ answer

We recommend you take the measurement in the morning before you exercise, eat, drink or take a shower. This will give you opportunity to develop a trend and a good comparison by day.

How do I switch between kilograms and pounds?
FAQ answer

The process for changing the mode of readings is unique to your model. Please check your instruction manual or contact our support representatives at 877-216-1333. If you need an electronic copy of your manual please click here for a list of manuals available for download.

How do I pair my BCM-500 to my smart device?
FAQ answer

First, turn on the Bluetooth on your smart device. Download and install the OMRON HeartAdvisor app onto your smart device from the App store or Google Play. Open the app on your smart device and the follow the instructions provided. NOTE: Each account set-up in the OMRON HeartAdvisor app manages data for one unique user.

How do I ensure an accurate measurement on my BCM-500?
FAQ answer

Set your monitor on a hard flat surface. Placing it on carpet or a mat can effect accuracy. Step onto your monitor with your bare feet and place the arches of your feet onto the center of the monitor. Wearing socks or footwear can result in an inaccurate measurement. Also, do not bend y our knees during measurement to assure accuracy.

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