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5/31/18 8:17 P

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Scales are a little bit like hands in that each one is just slightly different. Your handful might be a little more or a little less than your mother's handful or your boss' handful. Each one will be consistent relative to other readings taken on that scale, but there will be variation from scale to scale. As others have said, pick a scale and stick to that one. If you have to measure on different scales, keep your weight in chart form with which scale the reading was on.
This might look something like

Doctor One Doctor Two Home
6/5 250 247
6/9 253
6/15 246
6/30 245
7/5 248
7/9 252

So that you can see the progress on each scale, even if all the scales are not in agreement.



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5/31/18 11:10 A

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We should not live by the scale.



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4/29/18 10:41 A



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Great post Urbanrednek!

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4/27/18 9:44 A

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thankyou for the responses, if it continues to fluctuate I am going to do measurements. you are all very wonderful



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4/26/18 11:28 A

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My best advice is to choose one scale, and only pay attention to what it says. I would read the manual on it, make sure that it is calibrated correctly (and test it with a known weight, such as a couple of 10lb dumbbells), keep it in the same position on a flat floor, and call it good!

Think about it --- if the scale you choose says "X pounds" and next week it says "X less 2 pounds", then you have lost 2 pounds. It doesn't matter if a different scale called it "Y pounds" and "Y less 2 pounds". If what you are looking for is the difference - how much you have lost - then the starting number on different scales is irrelevant.

Another thing to keep in mind is that we all have natural fluctuations during the day (I eat and drink an average of 9-10 lbs of food and liquids each day, so depending on where it all is in the process of digestion / elimination ...), our differing clothing will change readings, and even something like humidity can change the scale reading (I can weigh up to a lb more due to excess humidity in my clothes and hair). Add in natural fluctuations due to hormonal changes during the month, and there really is no accurate "weight" --- just a "weight right this second under these particular circumstances"!

I have always found that the important thing to monitor is the overall trend over time (weeks and months - not hours or days). The daily data points aren't really important, but what IS important is to always use the same scale, in the same position, and with fairly close to the same circumstances (same time of day, timing after bathroom use, clothing or not...) so that the trend gives useful information. Adding in to many other variables, such as different scales, just distorts the picture and detracts from the trend.

All of that said --- I use the cheapest digital scale that I could find, keep it always in one level corner of my bedroom, and track the trends. Each of the various doctors I see show me at different weights on their scales, and I'm sure a different scale in my home would show differently too --- but those numbers are completely irrelevant to what I'm watching for: the trend over time.

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"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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I’d go with the doctor’s scale. Use only one scale at home. Eliminate one. Measurements and pictures work better than the scale.



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4/26/18 9:48 A

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any tips anyone? one scale weighs 13lb more than the other the hospital ones weigh in the middle. is weighing reliable. Does anyone do measurement here instead and is it enough?I need to see a difference it boosts me :(



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