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June 4, 2012 1:07 PM
I have posted about this before, how different scales say different weights. I have worked so hard and weighed myself on a different gym than my gym's scale and this scale says im 10 pounds heavier than the scale at home. I know it isn't always about the number on the scale, it's about the inches and how clothes fit.. It still really bothers me and I am wondering if I should stop weighing myself? It makes me feel like the hard work hasn't payed off and kind of throws me into a bad mood.
June 4, 2012 1:10 PM
I know what you mean, what I do is always make sure I weigh my elf on the same scale all the time, then you never to worry about it.
June 4, 2012 1:12 PM
I think it's ok to weight yourself, so long as you don't do it obsessively. However, just pick one scale and ONLY weight yourself on that one scale, no others! This way, even if it's not completely accurate, at least it's consistent!
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June 4, 2012 1:13 PM
What does "weight" have to do with anything? It doesn't tell you how good or strong you feel, doesn't tell you how thin you are.
Different scales say different things. If it said you weighed 400lbs who cares? As long as you look and feel good. Here is a topic i wrote on the subject

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Weight, weight, weight and more weight. That's the majority of the focus on this site

"I haven't lost any weight."
"I am losing weight."
"I gained x lbs this week."
"My goal is to weigh x lbs"

You do realize if you drink half a liter of water it weighs 1lbs right? Honestly if you did drink half a liter of water and stepped on the scale, I don't think you would weigh a pound more. If someone does want to try this I would be interested in the results.

Why are we all here? To "look" and feel better. If you look and feel better does it really matter how much you weigh? Lets say you weren't the brightest crayon in the box and your scale was set to kg you stepped on it and it said 80kg. You then set a goal to weigh 70kg, lets say you reach this goal, you look great, you're happy you're on cloud 9. You decided to show your friend how you weigh 70lbs. Your friend says, "that's in kg not in pounds, let me fix it for you." You step on the scale again now the number says 154lbs. Would you suddenly turn emo?

There was this guy recently all depressed saying how he gained some weight in a few weeks. I said to him, "are you fatter, or do you weigh more? if you can't tell the difference don't worry about it." Turns out he recently started lifting weights, he also said his strength went up. Lifting can cause water retention, and new lifters can also start storing my glycogen in the muscles(carbs). This will cause weight gain.

In my case, I gained 9lbs this month, i also started a very intense exercise program.Every measuring device I have, gave me negative feed back (I weigh more, the tape measurement didn't change, my body fat is supposedly the same(using the tape measure method), yet people say i look thinner. Doesn't really matter how much i weigh, I don't care as long as I am looking better.

My point is you can be winning and think you're losing. I personally lost over 100lbs, of course I failed many times. The reason for my failures was disappointment. I got disappointing many times because the scale was moving slowly, or it wasn't moving as I expected it to. A big key to weight loss is keeping negative emotions out of the game, the scale doesn't help that. My favorite method now to track progress is pictures. Recommendations are to take pictures once a month. If you're looking better stick to what you're doing, if you're not... then change something.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/614333-the-scale-is-crap
  11390926
June 4, 2012 1:14 PM
Ask yourself: can you stay accountable without the scale?
If your answer is yes, then you will probably achieve MORE without the scale.

Here's why -

A lot of healthy habits can throw the scale into a tailspin. For example, during that time of the month, drinking more water helps stave off cravings and wash out sodium retention. But the immediate effect on the scale is weight gain. Or another example are fibrous vegetables. Eating veggies is definitely good for you, but all that fiber adds up on the scale. Vegetables weigh more and take longer to leave our body than a granola bar! But which is healthier? Which will make you LOOK skinnier?

It's stupid because perfectly rational people become irrational with the scale. I do it all the time. I even stop drinking water on some days because of my scale.

But then again -

If you are one of those people who might become too lenient without your scale - then I would not ditch it entirely. I would pick 1 scale, stick with it, and try to weigh yourself only occasionally like once a month or once every two weeks. Because although the scale is a *****, you don't want to make lack of a scale an excuse to eat whatever you want, either!

Personally, I am going to ditch the scale. I am doing it slowly by gradually reducing my weigh ins. The reason I know I will be better off is that when I am on vacation and I don't have a scale I actually eat better and am more accountable because I don't know how much I weigh and I can only judge by what I eat and drink. I tend to be skinnier over time because I am eating more vegetables and drinking more water instead of being afraid of how the bulk will reflect on the scale.

Hope this helps.... I share your frustration!
But definitely - stick with one scale. Different scales are supposed to show different numbers. Pick the one showing the lowest number and stick with it. :)
June 4, 2012 1:17 PM
your preaching to the choir girl!! lol
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June 4, 2012 1:18 PM
I had the same problem so went and brought an exspensive digital set and now i only ever weigh myself on those.
June 4, 2012 1:18 PM
I ran into a similar problem the other day when I went to the doctor. It was only a couple pounds more, but it still gets in your head. In the end it's all relative though. If you lose five pounds between weigh-ins on the same scale, it's still five pounds. As long as you lose lbs the next time you weight yourself at the gym, does it really matter? I actually put my scale away the last couple weeks because I got tired of it discouraging me, even if I wasn't gaining weight. I was seeing results in the mirror and my measurements, so I didn't need the scale for motivation. I'm eating well and exercising regularly, that's all that matters to me!
June 4, 2012 1:18 PM
I had the same scale obbession so me and some other ladies are not weighing until june 29th. you can join in if you would like
June 4, 2012 1:19 PM
Screw the scale! I had to hide mine in my husbands trunk. Take pictures, front, back sides and measurements once a month, go by them.
Edited by lambertj On June 4, 2012 1:20 PM
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June 4, 2012 1:20 PM
I agree with weighing yourself on the same scale because no matter what the "true" weight is, you should always be able to see when there is a difference in the weights. I think thats why so many people switch to measurements, they are so much more accurate!
June 4, 2012 1:23 PM
It can be frustrating. Personally, I've adopted the practice of only weighing in officially every couple weeks and really not worrying about what it says anyway. I am more concerned about how things feel... they way my clothes fit, the way my bras feel in the backfat area, how much I jiggle when I run, stuff like that. Those are the "measurements" I use to track my progress, not the scale. The scale just isn't for me, except to throw a weight up on MFP.

After I stopped worrying about the numbers and just started eating foods that felt good and running running running, my body fat just started melting off. My scale number is creeping down slowly, but my clothes are huge and I look way different. That's enough for me.
  6813101
June 4, 2012 1:24 PM
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It's stupid because perfectly rational people become irrational with the scale. I do it all the time. I even stop drinking water on some days because of my scale.




This statement is so true, I'm a disabled RN and the scale still makes me feel like I'm manic when I weigh. If it goes up, I'm depressed and when it moves down, I'm happy! I know all the reasons that it fluctuates but that doesn't make me happier lol.

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Edited by BandedTriaRN On June 4, 2012 1:25 PM
June 4, 2012 1:27 PM
Scales suck. I gained 4 lbs overnight. Lol I don't even care what it says anymore. I care about measurements.
June 4, 2012 1:29 PM
Pick one and stick to it. Jumping between scales can only be self-defeating.

And in the meantime, try not to worry so much about the number. It's not worth getting worked up over. flowerforyou
  1971971
June 4, 2012 1:35 PM
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It's stupid because perfectly rational people become irrational with the scale. I do it all the time. I even stop drinking water on some days because of my scale.




This statement is so true, I'm a disabled RN and the scale still makes me feel like I'm manic when I weigh. If it goes up, I'm depressed and when it moves down, I'm happy! I know all the reasons that it fluctuates but that doesn't make me happier lol.

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That's nice.
  11390926
June 4, 2012 1:51 PM
Even measurements can be off - depending on that time of the month, water retention, etc. Sometimes I think we should just ditch all these arbitrary ways to measure ourselves and be accountable. After all, even if the scale says the same number, that extra donut ain't going anywhere.

Eat too much = Eat better next week.
Skip workout = Workout more next week.

How do you know you are on track? By being honest. By fitting in your clothes. By looking and feeling great.

But of course, easy to say, hard to do.
June 4, 2012 2:02 PM
The scale is a guide...its not the be all, end all of weight loss. If you feel obsessed, dont use it. Use your clothes as a guide instead. Its all just numbers.
  23159244
June 4, 2012 2:03 PM
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I know what you mean, what I do is always make sure I weigh my elf on the same scale all the time, then you never to worry about it.


I agree.
June 4, 2012 2:06 PM
Just say screw it and don't weigh in! Or at least if you do, don't do it all the time. I only weigh myself when my workout partner says "I've lost this many pounds recently". That's it. I'm always shocked when I hop on it and see a loss. I don't hold much stock in those numbers anyway! I stick with measurements.
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June 4, 2012 2:08 PM
love it!

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June 4, 2012 2:12 PM
I put the scale away and take it out on the 1st of every month because I was so sick of letting a number define and derail me. It feels great without it.
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June 4, 2012 2:13 PM
How about this: Find something that you know exactly what it weighs and put it on your scale! Got a couple of handweights? Then you'll know how accurate your scale is.
June 4, 2012 2:13 PM
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It's stupid because perfectly rational people become irrational with the scale. I do it all the time. I even stop drinking water on some days because of my scale.




This statement is so true, I'm a disabled RN and the scale still makes me feel like I'm manic when I weigh. If it goes up, I'm depressed and when it moves down, I'm happy! I know all the reasons that it fluctuates but that doesn't make me happier lol.

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Edited by Crochetluvr On June 4, 2012 2:29 PM
  23159244
June 4, 2012 2:14 PM
QUOTE:

I put the scale away and take it out on the 1st of every month because I was so sick of letting a number define and derail me. It feels great without it.

I started doing the same....I get discouraged by it so I just use it once a month.

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