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GRIZ1GIRL
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4/14/13 12:07 P

I've never had a scale that wasn't different from a doctor's office! Doctor's office scales are ALWAYS 5 lbs heavier than my scale at home! Crazy.



EOWYN2424
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4/14/13 9:32 A

Yeah, I agree with Sherylds!



SHERYLDS
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4/14/13 9:13 A

your best bet is to judge your progress on the same scale you use all the time and weigh yourself at the same time of day.



NIRERIN
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4/14/13 7:58 A

the issue with your weight at the doctor's office is that you have more variables. in other words, the closest you'll get to what you actually weigh is by weighing first thing in the morning, after going to the bathroom but before you ingest anything. most people, by the time they get to the doctor's office, have had food and beverages, which doesn't sound like much, but water is darn heavy [half a pound per cup heavy]. so if you drink a cup of water and a cup of coffee before making it to the doc's, there is a pound right there. and if you drink more, you weigh more. eventually as your body processes the things you ingest they are converted to energy and used or waste and then passed, but until you hit that point, you may as well stand on the scale with the things you eat. and what you eat has an effect on how much water your retain. and what exercises or other basic things you do have an effect on how much water you retain. because your body needs a lot of water, it keeps a pretty decent store on hand because it uses water in so many different basic repairs on your body as well as basic functions. and more water means a higher number on the scale, though it has to do more with what your body is processing rather than your actual weight.



MARTYJOE
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4/14/13 7:10 A

what's a few pounds as long as you feel good



BLUENOSE63
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4/14/13 12:56 A

Well I do know that in some instances your weight can vary but upto 8 lbs a day but that is a bit of an anomoly...depends on when you weigh in, what you are wearing, etc. This is why they tell you to weigh in the same time every day...





MSDELLI45
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4/12/13 11:43 P

My son suggested that I check my scale. He said it might be accurate with small weights but as it goes up it might lose its accuracy. He told me to step on the scale holding a 5 lb bag of sugar and then step on it without it.. Should be 5 lbs difference. Haven't tried it yet...



SUZIEQUE77
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4/11/13 3:55 P

I do not agree that all that matters is both scales show a loss of two pounds (or whatever). I know scales are different but ten pounds is too much difference. I would want to weigh on yet a few other scales to see which is closer to correct, your scale or your doctor's. If it is the doctor's scale, I would tell them about it, for sure.

For some of us ten pounds makes a considerable difference. I don't want to just weigh on a scale that "says" I weigh less if I need to actually lose ten more pounds to be at a healthy weight. Scales are not perfect but I think they can be a lot better than a ten pound discrepancy.



MSDELLI45
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4/11/13 3:23 P

Thanks for the support. I really like my scale better anyway. emoticon Where do you get the weight bar that everyone has on their posts?



MARCIEMCGOWAN
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4/11/13 3:21 P

I received a scale for a present a couple of years ago. It sucked. I weighted myself and then again a minute later and the weight was off by 5 pounds.
I do not have a scale that I trust. My dad has a good scale that I use once a week.



ANARIE
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4/11/13 3:18 P

No two scales are the same. If they're showing the same changes, that's all that matters. If it ever comes to a point where it's really, really important (for example, if it makes a difference in your insurance premiums), then you can ask the doctor to have his/hers professionally calibrated so you'll know it's precise. For now, believe yours, because it's the one you use the most.



MSDELLI45
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4/11/13 3:08 P

Does anyone else think a doctor's office (digital) scales are off? I check my scale at home with a 10lb weight (have even used a bag of sugar) and make adjustments if needed. Then when I go to the doctor, his scale is always 10lbs higher. I have even weighed my clothes. It is exact. If I lose 2lbs at home, I also lose 2 lbs at the doctor. I am trying to keep positive because I am now losing weight, but sometimes it just depressing to think my actual weight is higher.



 
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