Doctor's Office Scales & Home Scales

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Posted: 02 Feb 2012, 08:04
OKAY, I went to the doctor's the other day and of course they weighed me. According to their scales, I'm like 5lbs heavier than mine say. So I went home, weighed myself on both the scales I have and they came up with what I thought I was. Is this just to torture me or are my scales totally messed up?!? I mean the doc's scale would make it so I lost only 2lbs when I'm going on 8. And I know I've lost because my clothes are fitting different, people are noticing and 2lbs wouldn't make that big of a difference!!!

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Posted: 02 Feb 2012, 08:17
Don't fixate on the scale! Our weight is not an absolute number but a moving target, so it's the trend that matters. The scales may be calibrated differently. When I weigh in at home, I do so without clothes and just accounting for those at the doc's office can add several pounds. You may also have weighed in at a different time of day than you normally would at home. Since you tend to be your lightest in the morning and see an increase throughout the day (as you consume food and water), this will have a big impact, too. If you are using the scale to judge your progress, use the same scale at the same time of day wearing the same clothes (or lack there-of) to get the most reliable results.

The important thing is that your clothes are fitting better- this is absolute proof that you're doing something right! Scales are such a bad measure of weight loss for so many reasons and you'll drive yourself crazy if you refuse to see real progress just because it's not reinforced by the scale. Example: I've been around the same weight for several months- hit it back in November, rebounded a little over the holidays and am back at that point. But, my body fat is LOWER now than when I original hit this weight. My clothes also fit a bit better than they did a few months ago and I've recorded some small reductions in my measurements. If I only paid attention to the scale, I'd be frustrated and wondering what the point is - but these little things show me that the efforts I've put in over the past few months HAVE made a difference!
- Natalie

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Posted: 02 Feb 2012, 08:18
If the 8 pounds you lost is from the same scale then you lost 8 pounds. Everything else you mention confirms that so I would stick to the scale you started with and keep up the good work.

I can't think of a scale in any doctors office that I ever agreed with.
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Posted: 02 Feb 2012, 08:28
you probably just weighed at a later time of the day(I always weigh during mornings)....Shoes and clothes may also be a factor(I only weigh with my sleeping shirt and my boxers)...

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Posted: 02 Feb 2012, 08:35
That is true, I weight myself first thing in the morning after my shower with no clothes, and my doc's appointment was in the afternoon. Thank you! I was not thinking that! Plus your right fredmugs, I've never agreed with the doc's scales. Thanks everyone!

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Posted: 02 Feb 2012, 08:38
One thing to do - especially when you start a weight loss program - take your measurements. THOSE will be very telling when the scale doesn't seem to move. Good luck! Joyce
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Posted: 02 Feb 2012, 12:31
Also, its possible that you lost 8 pounds according to the doctors scale. Had you weighed on their scale initially and then again when you did, its still 8 pounds lost.
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