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January 12, 2012 5:39 AM
I notice when I weigh myself, if I move the scale in different locations the result is off by like a pound. I'm not sure what to believe.
I know it sounds silly, but this morning I weighed my self, and I was so happy. Then I moved it over since I was kind of close to the shelf and I wanted to see the results again, and it was a pound heavier. I always use the same scale every time.
Edited by lnicole1625 On January 12, 2012 5:39 AM
January 12, 2012 5:41 AM
I did not know how you stood on some scales effected the reading.

It sure does!
I was standing with my feet angled in and a bit close together and got a reading 2 lbs lighter than my real weight. OUCH! All this time I was really 2 lbs heavier. No biggie - I adjusted my weight settings and now I stand on the scale correctly - feet straight ahead and positioned in the middle, standing very still - I feel like I am covering lost ground.....lol
January 12, 2012 5:44 AM
I have a digital scale and a dial scale....and they vary. The digital always says I'm higher. When I weighed my 2 yr old, his measurements come out accurate but mine vary by about 5 lbs. It has lead to stop focusing so much on the scale, but how my clothes are fitting and how I am looking.
Edited by aagnew01 On January 12, 2012 5:45 AM
January 12, 2012 5:46 AM
is it digital? you may need a new battery. I always weigh myself 2x, to make sure its the same, since my digital scale gets a little funky sometimes. I havent tried moving it though.
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January 12, 2012 5:47 AM
I trust my new digital scale more than my old scale. I would notice sometimes that 1-2 lb difference if the scale was in a different location. Usually I would just figure it was bloating or something (i never tested it within seconds of each other). When I got my new digital scale it gave me a reading 2 lb heavier than my old one, so now I'm just going by that. At my dr. office the other day the weight they recorded was pretty much the same as I have been getting, so I would say its accurate.
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January 12, 2012 5:57 AM
It's so strange how different scales produce different weights! Surely 1lb is 1lb regardless of what it's weighed on.
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January 12, 2012 6:08 AM
My digital scale does that too. I'm sure my bathroom floor has all sorts of little dips and divots in it and if the scale gets moved, it shows a different weight. I have no way of knowing which is my "real" weight, but I've picked a spot on the floor and make sure I put the scale in the same place every time I weigh myself. I figure as long as I'm getting a consistent picture of my progress (or occasional lack thereof), whether it's a pound or so inaccurate in either direction isn't a big deal. It's what I've got, so.. that's my weight.
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January 12, 2012 6:09 AM
I think it might depend on the quality of the scale. My old scale gave me different readings depending on how I stood on it or where it was positioned. I got a much nicer scale, and it shows the same no matter how I stand or where I move it.
  2773425
January 12, 2012 6:09 AM
A pound shouldn’t make or break you. We weigh differently throughout the day anyway.
January 12, 2012 6:10 AM
When I weighed myself at home (now I do it at the gym, since my scale is in storage), I was always sure to leave my scale in the same spot (mark the floor somehow if you have to), and I actually marked where my feet go on the scale with a permanent marker. My theory was I didn't care if the weight was exactly "right," in the sense that it gave my "true" weight, what I wanted was test-retest reliability (i.e. that if I reweighed myself, I'd get the same answer). This allowed me to know if I was losing weight, even if I might not be exactly X pounds.
January 12, 2012 6:12 AM
I know my scale and my doctor's scale are 2lbs different. I weight myself before I go and if mine says 162 his will say 164., it never fails. I weighed myself 4 times this morning because it went up lol. Said the same thing all 4 times.
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January 12, 2012 6:15 AM
Not really. When I weigh myself, I pretty much get on and off the scale around 10 times before I confirm a weight. I move it around 3 or 4 different areas of the bathroom and place my feet on it slightly differently every time. It seems to give me very similar weights each time, but there's always one number that repeats itself 4 or 5 times. I go by that one. Obsessive, I know tongue lol
January 12, 2012 6:21 AM
What weight do you go on for recording purposes? The one you get first thing in the morning when you are undressed...or the one at the end of the day when you are dressed?

I weight 151 in the morning before I get ready for work --- and 154 in the afternoon when I go to Jenny Craig for my weigh in - and I'm fully dressed.
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January 12, 2012 6:21 AM
QUOTE:

Not really. When I weigh myself, I pretty much get on and off the scale around 10 times before I confirm a weight. I move it around 3 or 4 different areas of the bathroom and place my feet on it slightly differently every time. It seems to give me very similar weights each time, but there's always one number that repeats itself 4 or 5 times. I go by that one. Obsessive, I know tongue lol


I do the same thing. :)
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January 12, 2012 6:26 AM
When I weigh myself in the bathroom it always reads different then when I weigh in the kitchen, the floor in the kitchen is harder so this is what i use to make sure im accurate
January 12, 2012 6:28 AM
My scale hates me. I've been pondering a new one, but the one i have wasn't cheap. I even put a 15 lb kettle bell on it last week because i thought it was a dirty liar....the bell weighed 14.9...scale 1 me 0.
January 12, 2012 6:28 AM
QUOTE:

Not really. When I weigh myself, I pretty much get on and off the scale around 10 times before I confirm a weight. I move it around 3 or 4 different areas of the bathroom and place my feet on it slightly differently every time. It seems to give me very similar weights each time, but there's always one number that repeats itself 4 or 5 times. I go by that one. Obsessive, I know tongue lol


Lol, I do exactly the same (except it's in my kitchen - the bathroom floor is softer and doesn't give true weight). I jump on and off at least 4 or 5 times and shift the scale around to various spots :)
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January 12, 2012 6:29 AM
Nope I don't trust my scale. Its just a benchmark anyway.
Depending on how you place your feet and shift your weight around you will get different readings. Depending on the type of flooring the scale is sitting on you will get different readings.

What I do is weigh myself 3 times. Step on the scale, step off, step on the scale, step off, step on the scale. I take an average of the 3 weights. And I always have my scale in the exact same spot on the floor.

And all scales are different. I weigh more at the gym than I do at home, etc. Just use one scale. Its just a benchmark anyways. It really doesn't matter what weight you started at, what matters is what weight you have lost. So whether the gym scale or the home scale reads differently doesn't matter as long as the amount lost is the same then its all good.
January 12, 2012 6:30 AM
I know what you mean! I have a digital scale and I place it in the exact same place every time I step on it! I will do it three times and and take the best number.
January 12, 2012 6:45 AM
QUOTE:

Not really. When I weigh myself, I pretty much get on and off the scale around 10 times before I confirm a weight. I move it around 3 or 4 different areas of the bathroom and place my feet on it slightly differently every time. It seems to give me very similar weights each time, but there's always one number that repeats itself 4 or 5 times. I go by that one. Obsessive, I know tongue lol


I do this! Except my scale (digital) does give different weights but I tend to take the reading that comes up the most and also the heaviest to be on the safe side.

On my to do list: Buy a freaking new scale!
January 12, 2012 6:48 AM
I was wondering the other day how accurate my Digi Scales were, bathroom is a tiled floor, but in a 191x something house, so I grabbed 3 different bar-bell weights, and put them on, letting the scale power off each time. each weight registered correctly (within 100g/3.5oz)

Quite chuffed with that, I prefer using measurement to guage success but it's still nice to see the line on the graph sloping downwards!
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January 12, 2012 6:49 AM
QUOTE:

Not really. When I weigh myself, I pretty much get on and off the scale around 10 times before I confirm a weight. I move it around 3 or 4 different areas of the bathroom and place my feet on it slightly differently every time. It seems to give me very similar weights each time, but there's always one number that repeats itself 4 or 5 times. I go by that one. Obsessive, I know tongue lol


Quoted for truth.
  13657057
January 12, 2012 6:50 AM
I trust my mirror over my scale.

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January 12, 2012 8:23 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Not really. When I weigh myself, I pretty much get on and off the scale around 10 times before I confirm a weight. I move it around 3 or 4 different areas of the bathroom and place my feet on it slightly differently every time. It seems to give me very similar weights each time, but there's always one number that repeats itself 4 or 5 times. I go by that one. Obsessive, I know tongue lol


Lol, I do exactly the same (except it's in my kitchen - the bathroom floor is softer and doesn't give true weight). I jump on and off at least 4 or 5 times and shift the scale around to various spots :)


Yep, I do this too! smile
  10424515
January 12, 2012 9:55 AM
I put 25kg of free weights on my mechanical scal and it recorded the weight pretty much spot on. the digital recorded 25.5 so digi will be 2-4 lb heavier than the mechanical
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