the scale- has anyone noticed

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lmccormick15...

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 10:07
that u usually weigh less on ur own home scale then the doctors?
cuz it really bothers me lol
ive been using the gyms scale which is like the doctors office scale.and then i use my own and i get depressed beause i weigh 6 -7 lbs more
on the gym scale i weigh 125, on mine i weigh 117-118. which one do u guys go by? =[
maria369

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 10:57
I know what you mean –it's odd isn't it. I went to the docs, all proud and a bit smug because I'd dropped a few pounds and then their scales said I hadn't. Booooh!!!
Nowadays I only rely on one set of scales, and as long as they record a loss I'm happy.
PS. Gym scales are used and abused by hundreds of people daily, so I wouldn't be surprised if they become clapped-out and inaccurate quite quickly.
PPS. Apparently electronic scales are notoriously unreliable.
RedVixx3n

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 11:04
I go by home weight scale from what I see its usually cuz they weight you with clothes on sometimes with shoes on. I weight myself in nude haha
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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 11:14
Try to only use one scale. That way you will know if you lost weight. Does the actual number really matter? If so, believe the lowest one Smile

There are 2 scales at my gym and they are always 1 pound off from each other and I choose to believe whichever is lower. The other one is CLEARLY broken, right?!
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lmccormick15...

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 11:53
ahahahhaha thanks everyone! ya i think the lower scale is clearly more accurate =D
kmaxwell08

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 12:47
I have a digital electronic scale and mine is more accurate than my old fashioned type with the dial that moved. Withmy old one if you leaned over to see you weight, which I had to do when I was too big to see it, I weighed more! So I couldn't also ask someone else to read it for me, so I got a new digital one. It was about 3 pounds less than the doctor's office, but she still showed I lost the same amount of weight and I showed I had lost since it is the weight coming off that matters, not the number technically. But I would stick with just one scale. Weigh first thing in the morning also and yeah, in the nude!
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jana123r

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 13:32
My scale reads differently in every room of my house and drives me crazy. In every room of my house the same scale will be off a matter of .2 to 5 lbs! I think its because our house floors aren't level and I'm weighing on all different types of surfaces (stone, hardwood, carpet). I've tried 2 different types of scales (digital) and each has the same problem. Now I just keep it in the same spot, but I'm still skeptical because it reads differently 3 times in a row due to the surface its on (rock tile). I went back to Weight Watchers meetings just so I could get an accurate point of reference!
zimmer62

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 16:01
If your goal is to lose weight, use the same scale at home, test it for accuracy and don't worry about what the Dr's scale says...

You should also record measurements, neck, chest, waist, hips, etc... and you'll see results there sometimes even when you don't see them on the scales... Especially if you've added fitness to your schedule since you could be gaining muscle in place of the fat weight.



acm44

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 21:40
My doctors' scales were always more, but funny thing is, my Dr.'s scale here in PA is actually lower by 1.5 lbs than my home scale! That's a first!
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Kharin

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 22:08
So true...my weight on my doctor's scale is always heavier...of course in the morning when I weigh,naked, it reflects a "dry weight" before eating and drinking; by the time I get to the doctor's office in the afternoon, fully dressed, it can be a 4-5 lb difference. I try not to let that bother me, but it's hard. I measure once a week and even when the scale doesn't move, the tape measure tells the story. Try not to let it bother you. You know the truth according to your scale.
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GlennM

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 22:13
Go by your home scale when you get up. I do. The scale at the doctor's office is always higher and sometimes I believe messed up. Your own scale will be the same as others have said. Remember you have all those clothes on and the water weight added on too...
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lmccormick15...

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 22:24
thanks everyone that replyed. im glad other people feel the same about scales at the doctors!
MsKim

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Posted: 19 Jan 2010, 23:02
Just to add...I read a study saying doctor's scales are the LEAST accurate. They never have them calibrated, and they've probably had it forever. The study also said that Weight Watchers (and weight loss centers) are most accurate...and gyms are somewhere in the middle.
lmccormick15...

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Posted: 20 Jan 2010, 14:29
that just made me so happy
lol
i knew my doctors scale couldnt be right!
djmikalobe

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Posted: 20 Jan 2010, 14:59
Also, your weight can fluctuate a few pounds (even on the same scale) in a single day. I find that I weigh the lightest right when I wake up.

If you go to your doctor or gym in the afternoon and always weigh yourself at home in the morning, that could make a bit of a difference.
rubykate

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Posted: 20 Jan 2010, 15:09
Forget the scales. I weigh every day but what I focus on is how I feel. are my clothes fitting better? Can I move easily?

If you look how you want to look, are eating right, and feel good, weight is not the key. measuring fat levels is far better.
lmccormick15...

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Posted: 20 Jan 2010, 15:19
this may be a dumb ? ruby, but how can i measure my fat levels?
shrubatoid

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Posted: 20 Jan 2010, 17:33
U can do it at your gym probably, otherwise I'm not sure. they have little machines you hold out in front of you and they somehow tell you your fat percent. other than that there are places which can tell you by dunking u in a tank and taking ur volume... a lot less fun.
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MsKim

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Posted: 20 Jan 2010, 23:56
I got one of those little machines for less than $20. They aren't supposed to be all that accurate...but if you use the same on over and over you would at least know which direction you are moving.
amos9761

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Posted: 21 Jan 2010, 00:07
I always figure that because at the doctors office you have on clothes it will be higher anyway. I always, always weigh myself by my own scale at about the same time every day (nkd). Never fails me...
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