Help - Advice - ANYTHING?!?! Doctor's scales vs. Home scales - Please tell me I've actually lost wei

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 07:38
Okay, I'm confused and possibly extremely discouraged based on the replies I receive. Situation....

Doctor Appt Weigh-In in February: 232 lbs
Home Scale Weigh-In in March: 237 lbs
Home Scale Weight-In in May: 228-229 lbs
Doctor Appt Weigh-In SAME DAY in May: 232 lbs

As you can see above, according to my home scale I've lost 8-9 pounds, but according to the doctor's scales I haven't lost a single pound. I understand that the Doctor's scales are more accurate than my cheap-o home scale is, but could my scale be so cheap that it would be off and fluctuate by 10 pounds? Have I really not lost any weight at all?

Anyone have any idea what I'm talking about and have any words of wisdom to share? Please-o-please share!!! Because otherwise I'm EXTREMELY discouraged and depressed if after I thought I was doing so well, it turns out I haven't even made a dent.

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 07:43
Stop Stop thinking about the numbers. It will not do you any good. Do you feel healthier? Do your clothes feel a little looser? Do you fell less bloated? Find something else to focus on. I am sure many people who have been trying to get healthier will shout out the same encouragement. Do this for yourself. Good Luck. Pam

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 07:45
How often do you weight yourself at home? If you step on the scale and then step off, and step back on does it give you the same reading? or does it fluctuate? If it gives the same reading then its probably fine, if it changes you need a new scale. In my experience, my weight is always a few pounds higher at the doctor because I am wearing all my clothes.
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Posted: 09 May 2012, 07:45
Well, not sure we have enough info, Terrylm1. Normally, I don't weigh-in buck naked at the doctors, but I do at home. Don't know if your doctor's scale is one of those with the sliding weights or not; those are so easily not positioned properly, or someone tweaks the calibration screw on the end to balance them when the weights aren't positioned properly. Do you have a digital scale at home? They are usually very accurate. In any case, I always use the same scale for recording my progress, and I try to do it at the same time every time I weigh in. Meals, bowel movements, exercise, water loss or gain, time of day, time of month (which BTW I don't have to worry about) can make 5 or 6 pounds of difference and drive you nuts. Stick with the home scale and be consistent with when you weigh in. IMHO.
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Posted: 09 May 2012, 08:11
DK, great advice!! Hang in there Terry!
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Posted: 09 May 2012, 11:06
Ignore the doctor's scale for now. Weight yourself on the same scale in the morning naked at the same time, and watch the trend, not daily fluctuations. What matters is if your general trend is up or down over several months, not the number you see today. And don't get discouraged no matter what. The only way to win this game is to be persistent.
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Posted: 09 May 2012, 11:17
Like some have said above, don't pay much attention to the scale [whether yours or your doctor's]. Your body changes too much during the day due to various factors. I haven't weighed myself for the past month. I joined Curves a month ago and when they weighed me, I was fully dressed and it was in late afternoon after work. I can just imagine what the number showed on the scale at that time. I'm going by how a specific pair of pants fit - they're looser now than they were when I first joined which means I'm on the right track.

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 11:20
As mentioned above - there can be so many variables...time of day; time of month; what you ate; water retention; how much sodium you consumed; what you are wearing. I find I am off from my doctors scales by 5 pounds every time compared to my home scales. What matters is that you keep track of your weight using the same scale on a regular basis at the same time each day/frequency. Don't stress too much about the discrepancy. If you are seeing progress - clothes looser, you feel more energetic, feel better, etc - then you are doping something right!
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Posted: 09 May 2012, 12:01
we tend not to worry about the doctors scale much. for example my husband weighed in at home at 214 and weighed in at the doctors office at 227. well take into account that he weighs in (almost) naked at home vs. underwear, pants, under shirt, shirt, belt, socks, shoes and whatever he has in his pocket plus what he ate for breakfast and lunch because he is always in the afternoon for an appt at the doctors yeah he weighed in easily over 10 pounds extra at the doctors. sooo.. we take it with a grain of salt and go by our own scale around here. we use the same scale every time, digital, first thing in the morning (after a rest stop in the bathroom) before breakfast.

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 12:12
REPLY TO ALL: Okay, I feel calmer than I did before.

I do weigh myself first thing in the mornings before I hop in the shower. On days when I weigh myself more than once I do see a 2 to 3 pounds of fluctuation throughout the day.

Started freaking out when I thought the ONLY 10 pounds I’ve been able to loose, hadn’t been lost at all. Very Happy

DairyKing, to your point of the sliding scale vs. the digital scale. The doctor I saw in Feb was a sliding scale, but the doctor I saw yesterday was a digital scale. I suppose it's possible I weighed more on my first doctor's weight in than what I was told, which would account for the 5 pound gain on my home scale a couple of weeks later. So now that I've lost weight and I'm down to 228, take into account my daily weight fluctuations, plus a bladder full of a liter of water for the urine test accounts for the results at my doctor's office yesterday!

Okay... it's all coming together in my mind. I'm feeling much better now. I suppose the numbers on the doctor’s scales were just an unpleasant coincidence.

See! This is why no one likes going to the doctor!!! ;D

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Posted: 09 May 2012, 12:22
At my doctor they have 2 scales, and one usually weighs me about the same as home (close enough that I can account for my clothes), the other weighs me more. So, I don't really pay much attention to those scales. The calibration could be off or if it has sliders, the person doing it could be in a hurry and bump it up to what you weighed last time and not really pay attention that it should be down. There are a lot of factors, but I'd stick with your home scale, unless you know there is a problem with it. Since you probably weigh in with that scale a lot more often than your doctor's scale, go with your scales number.
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Posted: 09 May 2012, 12:27
There's also this one little point I might add about the doctor's scale: It's not uncommon for a doctor's scale to weigh 100 or more people a day. Scales are made of springs. Springs stretch over time and scales become inaccurate. You weigh 'how' many times a day? Which do you think is going to remain more accurate over time? This is the engineer in me coming out, but I think I can convince you it makes sense. IMHO.
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Posted: 09 May 2012, 13:44
I bet the doctors haven't been re-calibrated... They aren't even the same scales! Bad form, to follow your weight loss progress from these weigh ins. Everyone is right... Go by your own scales, same time of the day, same position on the floor, naked or with the same clothes on (I weight with my jimjams on). Take an average of the week, or weigh in weekly on the same day. take into account the time of the month.... And if you have had a 'salt' laden meal the day before, or haven't drunk enough water...... plus ...taken your measurements - that way, if you are 'up' re-take your measurements - it could be water and not fat gain. Good luck Smile
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Posted: 09 May 2012, 14:28
To add to everyone else's gym scale also weighs me in less than my home scale with shoes on! I never pay attention to the scale at the doctors office becuase your stomach is full from eating all day, you have shoes on, etc.

I weigh at home, right when I wake up and after a trip to the bathroom if possible Smile, naked or nearly naked, on the same digital scale...and as crazy as it might be I usually do it 3 times to make sure its the same every time. When the battery starts to go I get different weights each time and know it's time to change.

I am not worrying too much about numbers...numbers change, they go up they go down. Last week I lost 2 felt like 10. After eating better for a week and getting some exercise I was less bloated...more energetic and generally feeling better. That is what is most important.

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Posted: 10 May 2012, 15:36
As a former "Certified Scale Mechanic" certified in the state of South Carolina, I will go on record on as agreeing with everyone here. Razz

Doctor's scales see lots of traffic, kids jumping on them, big boys and girls up and down, pregnant chicks!!!!! It is far more likely their scale has issues than your's at home. And yes, clothes and food make a difference big time. I am like DK, I weight in nekkin 1st thing in the AM, or I dont weigh in.

Once in a while I hop on in the afternoon and can easily be up 5-7 lbs (sans clothes).

/Cheers, JP

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