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Shapa Calibration

katiehinman January 21, 2021
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Welcome to Shapa! Whether you are about to take the first step (literally) or just curious about how Shapa works, we are excited to have you here. After you finish your initial assessment and your Shapa has arrived it is time to calibrate! During your Shapa calibration you are prompted to weigh in 2x/day for about 10 days. We use this calibration period to allow the Shapa Color to understand your body’s natural weight fluctuations over the course of a day. Have questions? We have answers!

When should I start my calibration? Morning? Afternoon? Night?

It is up to you! For calibration, morning and evening are best, but we understand everyone has different schedules. We use this calibration period to allow the Shapa Color to understand your body’s natural weight fluctuations over the course of a day, and the difference between a weekday and weekend day. Consistency is the key! Try to choose a time that you can weigh in around the same time each day if you can. When in doubt, try to be consistent with the morning weigh-in (it’s what we’ll recommend for you after calibration so best to build that habit now 🙂 ).


Why do I need to calibrate before seeing my color?

When you first start using Shapa, you are prompted to weigh in 2x/day for about 10 days. We use this calibration period to allow the Shapa Color to understand your body’s natural weight fluctuations over the course of a day, and the difference between a weekday and weekend day. Most of us eat/move/behave differently on weekends vs week days.

What happens if I miss a weigh-in during calibration?

Don’t worry. If Shapa needs some additional weigh-ins to feel confident it understands your body’s fluctuations you may be asked to continue to step 2x/day for a few days longer than the average 10 days. If you can only consistently hit one of the two daily weigh-ins for calibration then definitely try to be consistent on the AM weigh-in.


It’s Day 10 and I still do not see my color!

Shapa will prompt you to step on the Shapa scale 2x/day for roughly 10 days but for some it may take 9 days, others it might take 13 days. Our bodies and natural weight fluctuations are different. Do not get discouraged! Shapa wants to make sure it understands your body’s natural fluctuations.

Does everyone start at the same color?

Not necessarily. The color feedback is looking at your weight trend over a several day time period to let you know if you are losing/maintaining/gaining weight compared with your goal (ideal) weight you specified during the initial assessment. Shapa asks you to step 2x/day for 10 days so we can understand your body’s natural weight shifts. When your Shapa Color is revealed, if your weight has been relatively stable over the past week and change then you’ll see the Shapa Color green (maintaining at current range). Most members do see the Shapa Color green to start, but really it depends on if there are some more dramatic weight shifts during calibration.

I made it out of calibration! Do I get to see my progress?

Once you are out of calibration, you will begin to see feedback on your progress in the Shapa program through the Progress Review feature in the Shapa app. Here you can track your progress on weigh-in frequency, mission completion, activity tracker, as well as weight history and body composition feedback. Please note, the weight history feedback is locked for all members and they can choose to unlock at their own discretion and see past and current average weight and relative change in % body fat (both sets of feedback do require several measurements to calculate so Shapa is confident in the feedback so they may not be visible right away).

Once I am out of calibration do I need to step on it twice a day?

Post calibration, you can now step on it once a day at a time that you can be as consistent as possible. We suggest stepping on your Shapa every morning. Shapa uses behavioral science to show that by stepping on the scale daily in the morning, you are starting your day thinking about your health which will lead to better choices throughout your day :).

If you have questions/comments/curious how soon you’ll be out of calibration don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by emailing askshapa@shapa.me.

Looking to sleep better, eat a bit healthier, move more, build a practice of self-care, or just want to feel more energy each day? Let Shapa be your virtual coach. Shapa focuses your program based on YOUR lifestyle and YOUR goals so you can build healthy habits and achieve lasting results. Learn more about the Shapa difference.

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