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seriously are those things REALLY right???

Cause I have a scale at home that always is truthful. And it's always been accurate even other people that compare them to their scales say it says the same.. but seriously why does the doctors office scale always put on ten extra pounds.... I removed a thin vest & it took off 5 pounds.. It said i was 148 i took off my vest and it said 143... I had on my vans which probably weight another 5 pounds total.. so I'm about 137 prob. anywho, i just don't understand why my  clothes all fit the same though. As in the begging of the year when i was 120 sure i had some room in my jeans but even at ten pounds lighter i still fit the same. and i wear a size 28 (usually it doesn't change cause I have wide set hips but the rest of me is  smaller, minus my cup c bust, which also adds pounds)

I don't understand what to do anymore, all i know how to do is starve myselfin order to loose weight because even eatting veggies & leans don't shead off the pounds... I wanna be 120 again! but in a healthy way. I don't have a sitting job. I'm an esthetician so I'm always standing even for facials & running around the spa at other times.

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eh, screw the scale at the doctor. I never let them weigh me because by the time I get there I've eaten and I'm wearing a bunch of clothes. I say "I weighed X this morning" and move right along.

although, I suspect this thread really isn't about doctors' scale

lol.  i just had a doctors appointment yesterday and i tried to eat as little as possible so that i could weigh in.  how sad...

although, ive never had the doctor tell me that i was 10lbs heavier, i did find out one time that my home scale was making me 10lbs lighter.  i always weigh myself at home and at the scale at publix that they have by the entrance.  then i average out the two numbers to see where im really at. 

scales are weird though, i can step on my scale at home and weigh X and 2 minutes later i could get on it again and weigh a lb more or less.  you have to get an average of where you're at.

i thought it was just me going crazy lol. yeah i always seem to be an extra 3 or 4lb than i am on my home scales...plus im always weighed at night time which doesnt make sense..

I would think doctor's scales are usually pretty accurate...

I used to have a scale that weighed me 3-4 lbs light. I would go to the doctor and be unpleasantly surprised to find that I weighed 6-7 lbs more than I had that morning (depending on the time of day and what I was wearing). When I replaced my scale, I found that if I weighed myself right before a doctor's appointment with clothes and shoes on, the 2 numbers were the same.

Honestly though, as long as the number is going down, that's what's important.

OMG I hate that!  It's pretty bad when I go into the doctor's office and I'm more worried about what the scale's going to read vs. a diagnosis for the actual reason why I went to the doctor in the first place!!!  They always seem to weigh heavier than other scales.

I usually just average the two weights out, or stick to my scale at home since that will be the one that I use more often.  As far as I'm concerned, as long as you're comparing your weight consistently on the same scale, you should get a good idea of how much you're losing at least :)

if you have a scale that changes even after a few minutes then its broken my mom has one that does that too. But my scale at home reads i 135 so I dunno. :)

i'm pretty convinced that doctor scales are not accurate cause they use a heavy ass gage which i'm sure adds weight to the scale.

it is about the scale, the doctor scale has always angered me and for it to say something from all different scales it bothers me. But on the other hand I am 15-20 pounds from where I was at the beggining of the year so i'm upset about that. I just need to get back on the ball.

it is about the scale, the doctor scale has always angered me and for it to say something from all different scales it bothers me. But on the other hand I am 15-20 pounds from where I was at the beggining of the year so i'm upset about that. I just need to get back on the ball.

Honestly, I suspect the doctor's scale is right and the one at home reads low.  If you think about it, the scale-selling companies benefit by selling scales that read a little low 'cause if they sell one that doesn't they'll be labelled "that crappy company whose scales read high".  What does the doctor have to gain by having a scale that reads high?

BUT, that said, if you've eaten and are wearing clothes, you can probably comfortably subtract about 5 pounds from the number on the doctors' scale to get back to your "naked, first thing in the morning, weight".  I mean, my pyjamas weigh almost 2 pounds!  A pair of jeans is going to weigh more than that. 

Personally I would tend to trust the doctor's scale above my own (after all, they probably didn't get theirs for $40 from BBB)... but I might be biased because my doctor's scale reads lower than my home one.

Doctor's scales are among the most accurate scales manufactured today.  They're not the ones that are drastically off.  But keep in mind that your weight fluxuates quite a bit during the day.  Just having something to eat and drink is going to make a big difference, not to mention wearing real clothes instead of PJs or less.

you're right that makes sense.

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Calibrate your scale at home. I put a 10 pound weight on it and found out mine was 3 pounds light. But my doctors scale is 12 pounds heavier. They never calibrate and it's used by 80 patients a day. I weighed 150 at the docs, went home and weighed 138. I calibrated and it was 3 pounds light. Which means the docs scale is 9 pounds heavy. I am 5"5, 135 and a size 6-8 in jeans. If I were 150 if be a 10-12. We are all asking the same question because most of us are having the same experience. My trainer says the same thing. If the balance scale is not calibrated every day, it will be way off by the end of the day.

Scale at my GPs office shows my weight higher. And I once went to a nutrition/healthy lifestyle advisor offce...and the scale showed me alot lower.

hmmm....coincidence?

Original Post by glweb2000:

Calibrate your scale at home. I put a 10 pound weight on it and found out mine was 3 pounds light. But my doctors scale is 12 pounds heavier. They never calibrate and it's used by 80 patients a day. I weighed 150 at the docs, went home and weighed 138. I calibrated and it was 3 pounds light. Which means the docs scale is 9 pounds heavy. I am 5"5, 135 and a size 6-8 in jeans. If I were 150 if be a 10-12. We are all asking the same question because most of us are having the same experience. My trainer says the same thing. If the balance scale is not calibrated every day, it will be way off by the end of the day.

This makes sense. I went to the doctor about a month ago, during my period, after eating, with my coat and shoes on and weighed 7-10 lbs more than I usually do. I freaked out. I used my scale at home when I came home and took off the shoes, coat, and jeans. Was only 4-7 lbs heavier. About a week later, I was 12 lbs less than what the doctor's scale had had be at originally. 

I asked my family about our scale at home, and my dad said he had just made sure it was right with a weight, because I thought maybe ours was lying. I was wondering how the Dr.'s scale could be off. Obviously a few other factors were going on here too but still. It was a huge difference!

Original Post by glweb2000:

Calibrate your scale at home. I put a 10 pound weight on it and found out mine was 3 pounds light. But my doctors scale is 12 pounds heavier. They never calibrate and it's used by 80 patients a day. I weighed 150 at the docs, went home and weighed 138. I calibrated and it was 3 pounds light. Which means the docs scale is 9 pounds heavy. I am 5"5, 135 and a size 6-8 in jeans. If I were 150 if be a 10-12. We are all asking the same question because most of us are having the same experience. My trainer says the same thing. If the balance scale is not calibrated every day, it will be way off by the end of the day.

 This is probably not the correct way to assess the accuracy of your scales. A 10lb weight is too light to calibrate a scale that is meant to measure people accurately (ie between 50 and 200lb say). The scale is simply not made to be accurate at such a low measurement so of course it is going to be grossly off. You need to calibrate with a much heavier weight.

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