Scale issues

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amanda88

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Posted: 05 Aug 2010, 08:48
i have been wondering the same thing, i just got a digital scale and for the last 5 days it has been the exact same, not even 0.2 up or down, and i usually fluctuate alot. maybe there's a button to push or different setting or something.
devan1970

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Posted: 05 Aug 2010, 08:55
Sometimes changing the battery helps.
Phule

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Posted: 05 Aug 2010, 09:54
I'm going to drive a stake through the digital heart of my DIRTY LYING SCALE! Ummm, uh, yeah, I think my scale is off as well! Wink
militaryman

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Posted: 05 Aug 2010, 10:43
I was having same issue so I tried a couple things and found that if I pick up a thing of laundry and weigh myself that the scale is forced to reset and measure the obviously different weight, then when I put laundry down and reweigh it is accurate.

maymouse_101

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Posted: 05 Aug 2010, 11:10
I agree with militaryman, "reseting" the scale with laundry, another person who doesn't weigh a similar amount to you, etc. works. Try to have your scale in the same place everytime you weigh-in too, I don't know about your scale but I step on my scale once, then it calibrates, then I weigh-in again and it usually changes slightly.
confusedange...

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Posted: 05 Aug 2010, 18:21
I have a weight watchers scale, which i bought to replace the previous weight watchers scale, because i was noticing the number wouldn't change unless my weight had actually changed drastically. (i figured this out by standing on the scale, seeing the exact same number as the day before..waiting for it to turn off... holding a whole lot of heavy stuff that was laying near by..getting back on it, watching the number change... getting back off..waiting for it to turn back off..and getting back on, and presto, different number than the day before.) The new weight watchers scale does the EXACT same thing. so now, at some point during the day, when i'm fully dressed, have eaten, have shoes on...or am holding my son... i'll stand on the scale. then the next morning, i don't have to go through the entire routine.

And it does this with or without the user profile option.

Ironically, the baby's dad can stand on it..and that won't change what it tells me the next day... i'm guessing because he's so drastically different, it KNOWS its not me. but who knows. maybe its weight watchers way of not letting you obsess over daily weight changes, or maybe it's digital scales in general.

but it sure is frustrating.
nisuoc

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Posted: 06 Aug 2010, 11:31
I weighed my self 3 times in a row the other day and got 3 different weights, about 1.5 pounds difference each time, I think I need to get a different scale. I am going to try the one at the gym and see what it says to get a better idea. Maybe trying a different one to see if the numbers are different will help know if the scale is off.
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Jsauter

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Posted: 06 Aug 2010, 11:35
I have found most consumer level electronic scales are garbage. They do not need to be accurate in regard to actual weight, but they do need to be consistent in reporting what they are interpreting. Most of the ones I have tried are not consistent at all and fluctuate all over the place during weighing.

Not sure what the best option is, but mechanical scales seem to be the way to go.
Saralyn

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Posted: 06 Aug 2010, 11:44
I only use the big doctor's office type scale they have at my gym. It consistently reads 5lbs less than the digital one they have in the cardio room. I'm beginning to think that scales are just there to annoy people.
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k8yk

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Posted: 06 Aug 2010, 11:46
I was weighed at the Drs office yesterday (they have a big digital scale) and then I went to the gym and weighed myself on the scale I usually use. They were exactly in sync, shockingly enough! I would like to buy a scale for home. I'm interested in the ones that measure bodyfat. Which Tanita do you have, Matt55? I've looked at them and they are expensive! Is there somewhere to buy them cheaper?
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Phule

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Posted: 06 Aug 2010, 12:05
Jsauter wrote:
I have found most consumer level electronic scales are garbage. They do not need to be accurate in regard to actual weight, but they do need to be consistent in reporting what they are interpreting. Most of the ones I have tried are not consistent at all and fluctuate all over the place during weighing.

Not sure what the best option is, but mechanical scales seem to be the way to go.


I had one of those but my wife grew up in a digital world and replaced it. I loathe the new inaccurate digital POS! Shock
k8yk

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Posted: 06 Aug 2010, 12:11
Thanks Matt, I just ordered it. Hopefully it isn't a POS Wink

(What I really want to know is my boyfriend's body fat percentage because I think it's higher than he thinks it is.)
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