The Proper Way to Weigh Yourself

Saturday, July 17, 2010

So this is my question for the day. Is there a proper way to get on a scale? I ask this because I can get on and off my scale three or more times in succession and each time see a different reading. And the variation may be as much as a pound so it makes a difference.

I mentioned my dilemma to my husband and he responded by asking how I was standing on the scale. His thought was that your weight is in your heels, not your toes and therefore when I get on the scale, my heels should be as close to the center of the scale as possible.

If you read my previous entry, you know that I was a bit disappointed in my weigh in on Wednesday. It was a loss, however, so I'm not complaining too loudly. Just because I couldn't believe what I saw, weighed myself again Thursday morning and was down an additional pound. That's better. So when my husband voiced his opinion, I started to think about it.

So breaking my vow to only weigh myself once a week, Wednesdays, I got on the scale again Friday morning. This time I didn't just get on and wait for the dreaded number to appear. Rather, I thought carefully about where/how I was placing my feet. So there I stood in First Position, heels together and my toes on either side of the display. And, to my surprise, I weighed 2.6 pounds less than I had Wednesday morning.

Now, I've done nothing different to lose 2.6 pounds in 2 days when I lost only 0.7 pounds in the previous week. It really makes me wonder if he's hit on something. I know that balance is really an issue. For example, is the floor level?

Who knows? But perhaps it's something to think about. I just know that when I weigh in next Wednesday, I'll be thinking about how I'm stepping on the scale.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I think there is something to this question. Needs looking into.
    2774 days ago
  • RWALTON730
    Hhhmmmm................ that's a good question, and one I have never thought about. I hope someone knows the answer, and you can bet I am about to weigh myself in "first position" and see if it makes a difference, too.
    2775 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.