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EBSGIRL SparkPoints: (1,509)
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2/19/13 10:55 A

I have a spring scale at home.But whenever i go to the doctors they say i weight 5 more pounds then the one at home. So i guess in my head i go by what the doctor says. So i just mentally add 5 pounds to what my scale says at home.

SWEETNHOT Posts: 526
2/19/13 10:18 A

I have one like they use in the dr's office, it seems to work very accurately

GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (87,571)
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2/18/13 9:01 P

I've used both, but I feel that the electronic scale is more accurate. However, they can both get off calibration. I don't know how you recalibrate either one, but I bet it tells you how on the internet, or even here on spark. Do a search and see! Good luck!

2/18/13 8:21 P

I think KATEC0431 is asking which is more mechanically reliable...the spring scale or the digital scale.

I know, when properly calibrated, spring scales are pretty darned accurate. That's what they use in doctors' offices after all!

My own digital scale seems extraordinarily un-sensitive and downright stubborn, whereas my old analog scale will show I've lost a pound the day before my digital one is willing to admit it.

In my house, I use both...It may seem compulsive, but I figure between the two of them, they give me a pretty good idea of where I'm at.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (196,000)
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2/18/13 4:14 P

The reason for the difference could be something as simple as the amount of water you drank or food you ate when you weighed yourself. Which is the better scale ? You need to put one right next to the other. Because if you weigh yourself in the morning on one, that will give you one number. if you drink water or eat any food, that will cause the scale to go up. So, if you weigh yourself at the gym after you've eaten breakfast, your weight will have gone UP.

the food you eat has weight. the water you drink has weight. the clothes you wear, have weight. So, if you weigh yourself naked at home. that's one number. weigh yourself at the gym with clothes and shoes, that's another.

The point ? Pick one scale and stick with that scale. Be consistent. Weigh yourself at the same time of day wearing the same amount of clothing. Because during the day, your weight does change for a variety of different reasons. Weigh yourself before and after a bowel movement. You'll see how the scale can vary.

KATEC0431 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/18/13 3:56 P

I'm becoming frusterated with all the scale readings I'm getting! The "official" spring scale at work says I've dropped 10 pounds but the electronic one at home says 6. Which do you all think is more accurate/trustworthy?

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