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I've been finding that my scale is not exactly what you would call accurate. I step on, get a number. Step on again, and get a different number! It seems to vary up to a pound in the course of just a few seconds - so I know I'm not changing weight...
Have you found this with your scale? What kind do you use? (Mine is digital) If you get different numbers, which one do you choose to use as your official weight that day?
Just wondering if my scale is bad or if this is common. It's a little confusing!
Do you zero it out before getting on? If you have a digital scale anytime it gets moved it needs to be zeroed out (step on it, let it go to 00) then get on and weigh.
I always do it twice just to make sure, if I get 2 in a row it's good.. Now however if you weigh, then go walk around the house or do something it can affect the number because of the blood flowing around..
My old scale did the same thing! And it only measured in .5 pound increments. My new one measures in .2 pound increments and no matter how many times I step on or off or where I'm standing on it, the weight always comes out EXACTLY the same.
Both my old and new ones were made by Health-O-Meter. I think the old one was picky about exactly where you were standing on it and the new one seems to not have a "hot spot".
Sorry.. forgot to mention that. Yes, I do zero it before each time.
at the place where I used to work, a group of ladies went in together and got a high quality digital scale, and everyone was welcome to use it. (it may have been a health-o-meter, but I'm not sure) - boy do I miss that thing ... here I have an old fashioned analog ... so I only weigh a couple of times a week, and always FIRST thing in the morning ... it's probably not terribly accurate, but gives me a ballpark. Plus, it is built in to the wall and pulls down like a Murphy bed, so I know it's always in exactly the same spot on the floor!
I guess I'll have to break down and buy a good one soon.
i step on, see a number. step on again, and usually get a different number by about .4 but after awhile i'd find myself stepping on it 6, 7, or more times so i now get on it once, see the number and LEAVE the bathroom.
and i actually find myself happier with that.
I try to test the accuracy of my scale sometimes by weighing myself on a public scale and at home to see if there's a difference. Usually it comes pretty close, so I guess I'm okay. . . unless the public scales are off, too. . .
My scale gives a slightly different weight (usually within 2-4 lbs) if I step on three or four times in a row, so I try to just pick the middle number.
Hey, I've posted this before but if you look at the Homedics site ( http://www.homedics.com/ ) who make digital scales you will see this:
Q: When I step on the scale more than once, I get a different reading each time. Why?
A: The scale will give inaccurate readings if you keep stepping on and off of the scale within a fifteen minute period.
If you want to check your weight multiple times, please wait fifteen minutes between each reading. This allows the scale ample time to reset itself.
I agree this is odd, and I can't personally figure out why you would design a scale with this kind of limitation but you might want to try doing your measurements at 15min intervals (perhaps during your morning routine) and see if you get better clustering of results.
To answer your question, if my scale did this I would consider my weight to be a range rather than a number.
My scale seems to work horribly. I weigh myself at home and I always weigh 2-5 pounds less then when I get weighed at the doctor or gym.
I have a digital that I place in the closet and get out every Friday for weigh-in. Before I left on vacation it showed a dramatic 4 pound loss in 6 days. Thrilled, I didn't push my luck by stepping on it a second time.
Thanks for the tips on digital scales. Mine weighs me the same as the other type of scale at the doc's office. I would like for them to BOTH be wrong but I'm afraid they are accurate (now that I know the trick).