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November 19, 2010 9:08 AM
I've decided that my bathroom scale is possessed by a bitter, menopausal poltergeist. This morning I stood on scale and it was up a pound from yesterday... muttered darkly grumble and brushed my teeth. Stood on it again (3 minutes later), now I'm TWO pounds heavier than yesterday!! angry Showered, dried my hair, stood on scale again ... I have put on half a pound in the shower! mad Suffice to say that I am not taking anything on board, or ...er... the opposite, during this entire period of time. So I have entered the first (note, lowest) weight on my daily record.. and suddenly have something to put on my Christmas list. I know it is lame to blame the scale, but ... seriously... So, does anyone have a good suggestion for a reliable, digital bathroom scale (preferably with other options, like BMI or progress calculation)?
November 19, 2010 9:12 AM
My scale is just as evil as yours!! I too would like to find a reliable scale...Ive found that if I step on my scale a different way each time I get a different read!! Go figure...
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November 19, 2010 9:13 AM
Honestly, i use my wii fit. It seems pretty accurate, as long as you keep the batteries fresh!
November 19, 2010 9:21 AM
I just ordered this from walmart for $35.

Healthometer Glass Body Fat Scale with BMI, Bone Mass and Hydration Level

It hasn't gotten to me yet, but I'm very excited about it. You may want to check walmart.com or some other retailer and look at your options. This worked with my budget.
November 19, 2010 9:23 AM
I bought an EatSmart digital scale through Amazon about the same time I started MFP. I've found it to be pretty accurate, and it's reasonably priced.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KXZ808/ref=oss_product
November 19, 2010 9:25 AM
The same thing happened to my boyfriend! He weighed himself, took a shower and then weighed himself again and was over a pound heavier, then he got dressed a weighed himself and he was 2 pounds lighter! That's what I get for buying a cheap scale at Walmart!
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November 19, 2010 9:26 AM
ive got the Salter 9122, gives you weight, body fat %, water, body muscle % and BMI and you can store up to 10 profiles into it :)

http://www.buyaparcel.com/pageview.php?page=show_product&ecommerce_stockcode=9122SV3R

I got it for £18 on ebay - very impressed with it
November 19, 2010 9:38 AM
It's a good thing you posted this! I was frustrated because I'd gained a few pounds since weighing myself on my Wii Fit. Turns out it was just because my bathroom scale is determined to weigh me in at 250 no matter what weight I am!
November 19, 2010 9:58 AM
I hate my bathroom scale too.....it can vary by two pounds up and down.....ugh....
I've decided to just weigh on the balance scale at the gym.....

But get this....weighed at the gym this week at 190....
Weighed at the doctor's office same day and it said 186....and both were balance scales.....

I gained a pound and a half....ugh....
November 19, 2010 10:04 AM
QUOTE:

I hate my bathroom scale too.....it can vary by two pounds up and down.....ugh....
I've decided to just weigh on the balance scale at the gym.....

But get this....weighed at the gym this week at 190....
Weighed at the doctor's office same day and it said 186....and both were balance scales.....

I gained a pound and a half....ugh....
November 19, 2010 10:06 AM
Thanks to all for the suggestions for good scales, will definitely pursue all. For Flynabster ... ignore the heavier reading, it's clearly wrong wink
November 19, 2010 10:33 AM
QUOTE:

I've decided that my bathroom scale is possessed by a bitter, menopausal poltergeist. This morning I stood on scale and it was up a pound from yesterday... muttered darkly grumble and brushed my teeth. Stood on it again (3 minutes later), now I'm TWO pounds heavier than yesterday!! angry Showered, dried my hair, stood on scale again ... I have put on half a pound in the shower! mad Suffice to say that I am not taking anything on board, or ...er... the opposite, during this entire period of time. So I have entered the first (note, lowest) weight on my daily record.. and suddenly have something to put on my Christmas list. I know it is lame to blame the scale, but ... seriously... So, does anyone have a good suggestion for a reliable, digital bathroom scale (preferably with other options, like BMI or progress calculation)?


Toothpaste adding a pound? Nah musta been a fluke or glitch. Did you towel dry or blow dry your hair? If towel dry I can totally see it adding weight.

Really the only scale I trust 100% is the scale at my doctors. Because of the inaccuracies of regular scales I just use that as a basic baseline measurement week to week.
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November 19, 2010 10:35 AM
My scale is dead on if I step on it at 2 separate times. It is made by Taylor. However I have had scales give me varying readings. The only will reason however I use a scale is to make sure I am heading the right direction. As long as the +/- range is going downward you shouldnt be concerned.
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November 19, 2010 10:37 AM
Sarah - Do you have problems with the Wii fit disconnecting during golf? I've been having this problem every time I use it... and sometimes with other games where the remote swings around a lot.

Shannon
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January 26, 2012 4:45 AM
I having the same problem. My scale is so erratic! I weigh two pounds heavier one day and three less the next! Annoys me to no end.
January 26, 2012 4:48 AM
Our scale varies depending where on the floor you place it. I have been known to step off it, move it over a foot, and step back on. Lame? Probably...
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January 26, 2012 4:49 AM
I've named my scales El Diablo. I feel your pain.
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January 26, 2012 4:53 AM
Great suggestions! I'm curious though. How does a scale measure some of the things like BMI, body fat, hydration etc?
Edited by TJMcQN On January 26, 2012 4:55 AM
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January 26, 2012 4:59 AM
QUOTE:

I just ordered this from walmart for $35.

Healthometer Glass Body Fat Scale with BMI, Bone Mass and Hydration Level

It hasn't gotten to me yet, but I'm very excited about it. You may want to check walmart.com or some other retailer and look at your options. This worked with my budget.


My Healthometer Digital Scale doesnt have the extra features, but matches my doctor's scale exactly.
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January 26, 2012 5:00 AM
QUOTE:

I bought an EatSmart digital scale through Amazon about the same time I started MFP. I've found it to be pretty accurate, and it's reasonably priced.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KXZ808/ref=oss_product


haha i was thinking of buying the eatsmart off of amazon today. i ordered the eatsmart food scale a couple of hours ago :)
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January 26, 2012 5:02 AM
HATE the bathroom scales too! I bit the bullet this week though, and finally ordered a set of Dr. scales from the hospital's DME! I have been so frustrated with the digital scales, that I just couldn't take it anymore! I know that the Dr. scales are much more accurate, and can easily be calibrated.
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January 26, 2012 5:02 AM
AGREED!!!!
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January 26, 2012 5:03 AM
ha ha I went up 2# from yesterday...dh went up 1#...
I hate my evil scale too.
But our dog is always loosing weight on the scale (we are trying to get a few #s on the skinny dog)
January 26, 2012 5:04 AM
lol I never weigh myself after a shower! I have about four feet of hair and gain about 5lbs more when it is wet!
January 26, 2012 5:07 AM
Consider it a game. My scale consists of which spot on the bathroom floor gives me the lowest number. I HATE all the fluctuations from night to morning, morning before peeing, morning after shower and morning after I eat. It really is crazy.

Thanks for the suggestions. It may be time to look into a new scale....

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