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9,646 3/18/13 3:03 P
I always zero out my digital scale (by stepping on and off of it) eveyr time I use it. I don't leave it on the floor, it gets tucked into a little nook, so it's usually off. I always weight myself 3 times... and only count a weight if I get it two out of three times. The first number I see is almost never correct.
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176 3/17/13 6:31 P
I tend to go up and down from water, then eventually down.
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217 3/16/13 11:20 P
Reason #407 I love working at a hospital. That scale needs to be perfect so that they don't give anyone too much anesthesia, so I know I'm really losing weight.
I have a cheap bathroom scale, though, and I won't even look at it anymore, the number changes even if I just shift my weight. Sorry that happened to you, it's for sure frustrating.
Edited by: OLAFGLADANDBIG at: 3/16/2013 (23:35)
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106 3/16/13 10:37 P
I think it happens a lot with electronic scales. They're kinda weird like that. Scales at doctor's offices and hospitals are calibrated daily if not weekly, so they will be more accurate and won't change it's reading by 5 lbs after one minute... Darn scales!
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21,778 3/16/13 7:20 P
I have noticed that with domestic scales this isn't an uncommon phenomena - it happened to me lots, so I stopped using my scales other than a very occasional 'guide' and just use the big 'hospital' ones at my medical Centre which DOESN'T do this (I've tried it a few times :-)
I believe the OP was asking about the mechanics of the scale itself, not the weight that has or hasn't been lost. (I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's what the post was about.)
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46,222 3/16/13 3:50 P
Our weight will never be a static number...it will be what it is at that moment in time. Weight loss is based on trending what you see over a period of time, not on a single weigh in. Because there are so many variables that affect the number on the scale, we must be very cautious about giving the power to an object.
I do not own a scale nor have I in almost 6 years now and I have dropped 2 sizes since that time and more importantly I have kept the habits of healthy living going.
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20,864 3/16/13 2:21 P
Not to get TMI, but did you have a bowel movement before you weighed yourself ? Depending on when your last weigh in was, it could be a water weight fluctuation or the result of a decent bowel movement.
Then again, some times our bodies release fat when we don't expect it. During the summer, when my appetite was poor due to excess stress, I had weeks where my weight slowly decreased. then I had one week and bam ! (just like Emeril says), I'd lost close to five pounds. That concerned me because I was hoping I was eating enough again to stabilize my weight.
Eventually, my starting increasing as my appetite returned.
I wouldn't worry too much for now. I would wait and see what your next weekly weigh in says as a comparison.
Yesterday, I jumped on my scale and it said 128.5. My jaw dropped to the floor. Essentially, my scale was telling me I lost 5 pounds overnight. I doubted the veracity of that measurement. So, I hopped off, and hopped back on again. It said 134. I hopped off and hopped back on again. It said 134.
I err on the side of caution. If I get 134 three times and 128.5 once, I'm going to bet on 134. Even if I REALLY want 128.5, I will bet it's 134.
I got up this morning and weighed myself---yay a 4 pound loss! I got off the scale to go get my camera and when I got back on it showed my weight....unchanged from my current number. I tried a third time. right away...unchanged from my current number.
Anyone else have this issue? Which is more likely. I am not going to weigh in tomorrow because today will likely be a bit more sodium heavy :Py
...Ps. Typically I lose 0.5 lbs a week if I am lucky, but can see a 4 lb drop after menstruation (which is my current time frame)
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