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Postby whit3tig3y » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:26 pm

When I was weighed, I was weighed at the doctors and it said 127kg. But when I got home my scales said 131kg!!! Apparently I had gained 4kg in the 10mins it takes me to drive home and I hadn't even eaten or drank anything!!! I have a very old and dented set of scales (not digital) that only go to 120kg (so the scales say 11kg so I add the 120 because its gone around a full cycle). These are the scales i'll be trying to weigh in as. What do I do? There is obviouly a 4kg difference in the scales, which do i trust? And how do i work it? Do I take the weight my scales say at home and go from there? Or do I take the weight I was at the doctors and take off 4kg whatever my scales say?

I know I really need a new set of scales, i want some digital ones!! But I don't think they really come into the budget at the moment so I have to make do with what I have. Any answers are welcome!!!
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby GumBoots » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:45 pm

Its up to you really. Which scales will you be weighing yourself on more? I am also 4 kgs lighter on my dads scales than I am on mine, so I took the heavier weight so I dont get any nasty surprises if I weigh elsewhere.
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby Cac33 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:48 pm

I use to have the old style scales but found they were too inaccurate so bought some digital ones from Big W for under $30. They are much more accurate & they go down to 100gm. Its good because not every week you're going to loose exactly 1kg & is more motivating to see the numbers go down.
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby Strawberry » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:52 pm

i wouldn't use your old scales, they are inaccurate!
do u have a chemist near where u live? weigh yourself weekly on the chemist scales if u can't afford to buy a new scale.
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby Strawberry » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:53 pm

i bought my digital scales from aldi for $20 there r cheap ones out there.
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby whit3tig3y » Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:17 pm

I think I may just bite the bullet and put a set of scales on the CC. Its an investment for my health afterall, I think I can somehow justify that! Plus I think i'd stay motivated if i'm confident that I was getting true readings, otherwise I may "err" and "ahh" about it and lose motivation!
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:10 pm

They have cheap digital scales at DealsDirect.com.au. I bought mine from there and they're working well. They have some for $14.95 right now, though postage is $5.95 (link).

You're always going to find a discrepancy between different scales I find. I would assume the doctor's ones are the most accurate. I tend to use my scales to monitor where my weight is heading, not so much where it's at. The most important thing is that the numbers are going down from month to month and most digital scales are pretty good with that.
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby Athena » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:33 pm

The most important thing i would think is being consistant. You would assume that any set of scales is going to be the same amount of inacuracy every time, and the thing you want to measure is how much you lose right? Even massively innacurate scales will be able to tell you that.
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby Strawberry » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:45 pm

Athena wrote:The most important thing i would think is being consistant. You would assume that any set of scales is going to be the same amount of inacuracy every time, and the thing you want to measure is how much you lose right? Even massively innacurate scales will be able to tell you that.


U have a point there.
I would want to know my most accurate weight. it would be disappointing 2 get re-weighed on another set of scales (the dr 4 example) & have the reading heavier. at least with new scales the inaccuracy might not be that much. I would find it shattering if i thought i weighed a certain weight & later found out i was heavier even though i've lost the weight.
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby whit3tig3y » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:53 pm

Ok ok you talked me into it. I'm going to get a digital set of scales after work! I'm only at the start of my journey so I need a good reliable set of scales now instead of switching a few months away and being all thrown out of whack.

The ones I have I don't think are accurate. For one thing, I weigh more than they can handle!! They only go to 120kg, so I think that might throw them out a bit. Not to mention the numbers and lines are so small, i can hardly detemine between 1-2kilo's not to mention down to hundreds of grams.
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby Diminishing » Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:11 pm

Sweets, get thee some new scales!

Woolies have them on special fairly often for less than $30.......I bought a new set just after Christmas..........and the 100g increments is wonderful.......

I noticed the other day that Woolies even stock the fancy ones (but still under $30 that measure water/muscle and body fat as well as weight!)
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby whit3tig3y » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:20 pm

It seems my old scales are more accurate than the doctors scales. I got on them when i got home and it said 130.6kg :( Though it is 6pm and i've had nearly a million litres of water and my lunch etc so we'll see what my official weigh day says on wednesday :(
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby Strawberry » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:08 am

whit3tig3y wrote:It seems my old scales are more accurate than the doctors scales. I got on them when i got home and it said 130.6kg :( Though it is 6pm and i've had nearly a million litres of water and my lunch etc so we'll see what my official weigh day says on wednesday :(


I know it can be upsetting, at least you know the starting point!
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby whit3tig3y » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:25 am

Ok now I am completely baffled! I weighed myself this morning, before eating or drinking and after going to the toilet, and i'm 128.2kg. I want to figure out my approach before tomorrow as tomorrow is my official weigh in.

These are my two choices: take the 127kg I got at the doctors and call it a gain (because theres no way i'm losing 1.2kg in one night)...

OR

I can take the 131kg I got at home and call it a 4kilo loss.

The second sounds so much more temping than the first :mrgreen:
Though I would like some advice on which one to take... But officially I guess tomorrow i'll take as my "REAL" start weight, as these are the scales i'll be using from now on.
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CW: 136.8kg - 08/01/2012
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Re: Scale Accuracy

Postby sassi » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:25 am

i would say get some digital scales & then just use the one set. if you don't buy new ones, use the weight on whichever scales you are going to use.

your might be inaccurate, but unless you can always weigh in at the doctors, then there's no real point using them :)

if you think your scales are inaccurate maybe track your measurements as well so you can see cms lost - sometimes that a bigger motivator :)
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