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February 16, 2011 2:50 PM
sad Hi Everyone!!! just wondering which type of scale people use and which ones they recommend. I have always had an analog scale, its always hard to tell where the dial is actually pointng so i decided to get a digital. Well, the digital says im 4 pounds heavier than what i though cry sad cry sad cry sad cry sad should have stayed with the analog!!!! oh well, guess this will push me harder to lower that number..thanks for listening :)
February 16, 2011 2:51 PM
i found that as well when i made a switch a few years ago.
February 16, 2011 2:56 PM
That happened to me too! I decided to switch after my first weigh in, and then I was up a few pounds.
February 16, 2011 2:57 PM
I use a digital, but no scale is acurate only the doctors.sad
February 16, 2011 2:57 PM
I know I should switch, but I don't want to break my own heart...
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February 16, 2011 2:59 PM
I was happily 5 lbs lighter on my analogue scales, they never seemed to move!! then I got the digital scales out and I had a nasty fright too, but the numbers are coming back down ;-), the trouble with digital scales is they are sooo sensitive, and if it works in your favour that's great, but if not..it can get you down!! They're not good for daily weighing either..:-/
February 16, 2011 3:00 PM
I always used a analog scale, switched to a digital and same thing as everyone else it said I was heavier! Went for a doctors appt. his scale was the same as my analog. I switched back bigsmile
February 16, 2011 3:01 PM
That has happened to me as well and it is very disappointing. There was a 6 lb difference. I still use my analog scale.
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February 16, 2011 3:01 PM
Digital scales usually more accurate when mechanical. But I wouldn't worry about the weight it shows, the more important the fact that the number is going down and what you feel better !!
February 16, 2011 3:31 PM
I use a digital one. Incidentally, the one at the doctors is digital too, and they have two and they are 4 lbs different from each other!
February 17, 2011 4:54 PM
thank you everyone!!! i feel much better :)
February 17, 2011 4:58 PM
My digital scale will give me different numbers every time I get on it. I can try it 3 times in a row and gain or lose 2.5lbs in less than a minute. I'm not sure I believe that mine is all that accurate...
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February 17, 2011 7:27 PM
We use a digital scale because my hunny has to weigh himself everyday for heart issues. And our scale differs from the hospital bed, doctors office and cardiac rehab. None of them match. So as long as he uses the same one everyday we will know of any overnight weight gain. So I would guess that whatever you are comfortable with will work as long as it is the same one every weigh in. That is just my opinion.
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February 17, 2011 7:30 PM
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I was happily 5 lbs lighter on my analogue scales, they never seemed to move!! then I got the digital scales out and I had a nasty fright too, but the numbers are coming back down ;-), the trouble with digital scales is they are sooo sensitive, and if it works in your favour that's great, but if not..it can get you down!! They're not good for daily weighing either..:-/


I weigh myself in the same spot at about the same time in the morning in my birthday suit. I think this is what is usually recommended (the same place and time that is). The only reason I have been weighing in everyday is b/c I am on the Shakeology cleanse. This is my last day though.
February 17, 2011 7:31 PM
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I use a digital, but no scale is acurate only the doctors.sad


Except that half the day has passed, I've eaten and exercised, I'm wearing clothes (and most of the time a hoodie). As long as you use the same machine to weigh yourself each day, I'd guess that is the best bet.
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February 17, 2011 7:38 PM
I just bought a digital one tonight. It tells me other things like body fat, and how many calories I should be eating for my goal weight. Who knows if it's any good or not. It also hold the information for 4 people so I added my oldest son and I'll be adding my husband as well.

I had been going to GNC to use their scale once a month but, I've done that twice so far and my height was higher the second time and my weight was 4 pounds heavier. Those scales are $1 to use so I figured I'd just buy one for home. At least that way I have the same scale each time. I'm not as concerned about the weight as the body fat. I'm trying to lose about 3 or 4 %.
February 17, 2011 7:42 PM
I dont use a scale. I weigh myself on the wii balance board. I tested it and it is within a half pound from my doctors scale. Much more accurate than the digital scale I had before.
February 17, 2011 7:49 PM
If you have some weights at home put a set amount on your scale (20 lbs-50 lbs) This should tell you if there is a discrepancy or not. I did it with my old digital scale and found that it was out by about 2 lbs or so, but that my wii board (which is used in a carpeted room) was bang on.
February 17, 2011 7:51 PM
You can check your scale whether analog or digital for its overall accuracy with a known weight, grab a 10lb bag of potatoes and step on the scale, weigh on the same scale without the potatoes and if its a 10lb bag you should see 10lb difference, if its not then your scale is off anyway.
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February 17, 2011 7:54 PM
I have a weight watchers digital scale, and it was accurate to the ones at weight watchers when I would weigh in, I think you get what you pay for usually. my scale was not cheap but was not expensive also.. think about 20 bucks, and it works great!
February 17, 2011 9:02 PM
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I just bought a digital one tonight. It tells me other things like body fat, and how many calories I should be eating for my goal weight. Who knows if it's any good or not. It also hold the information for 4 people so I added my oldest son and I'll be adding my husband as well.

I had been going to GNC to use their scale once a month but, I've done that twice so far and my height was higher the second time and my weight was 4 pounds heavier. Those scales are $1 to use so I figured I'd just buy one for home. At least that way I have the same scale each time. I'm not as concerned about the weight as the body fat. I'm trying to lose about 3 or 4 %.


Can you tell us what kind of scale you got? Thanks
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February 17, 2011 10:59 PM
QUOTE:

You can check your scale whether analog or digital for its overall accuracy with a known weight, grab a 10lb bag of potatoes and step on the scale, weigh on the same scale without the potatoes and if its a 10lb bag you should see 10lb difference, if its not then your scale is off anyway.


The trouble is, a 10lb bag of potatoes never weighs exactly 10lb. Any bag of veggies with a weight on the bag will weigh slightly differently, usually slightly higher.

When I swapped from mechanical scales to digital I had the same problem, the digital weighed 2lb more. But no household scale is totally accurate unless it is calibrated regularly. So I just adjusted my head instead!laugh
At least I can see the digital display!
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February 18, 2011 12:00 AM
QUOTE:

I use a digital, but no scale is acurate only the doctors.sad


well that depends upon when the doctor's office scale was last calibrated-yep they do have to be calibrated occasionally- in the labs I have worked in where we have very accurate, precise scales we calibrate every day but we needed to measure very small quanitites so this was very important

the type of scale you use is not so important but rather consistently use the same scale - what's important is that the scale is going down overall, whichever scale
February 20, 2011 6:41 AM
I had the same problem, I thought I was about five pounds lighter but the digital scale said I was heavier! Discouraging at first, but now im obsessed with the digital scale :)
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February 20, 2011 6:41 AM
I had the same problem, I thought I was about five pounds lighter but the digital scale said I was heavier! Discouraging at first, but now im obsessed with the digital scale :)
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