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Old 11-12-2008, 08:10 PM   #1
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How much do clothes weigh? Like, a sweater, a pair of jeans, socks, bra, and underwear? I've always been of the mind that if you weigh yourself clothed, you can subtract at least a pound.

I went to the doctor for my annual exam today, and of course they weighed me. This is the first time I've been on a scale other than my own since I started losing weight, and I wanted to compare the reading on my home scale to the reading at the doctor's office. At home this morning, I weighed 150 lbs. (naked), and a few hours later at the doctor's office, I weighed 151.7 (clothed).

I know my weight fluctuates throughout the day, so this is really just a matter of curiosity. When I get undressed tonight, I'm going to weigh my outfit!

Yes, I am a dork.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:16 PM   #2
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hmm... try this. Weigh yourself the same way you weighed yourself this morning at home (naked and stomach empty, I assume). Then weigh yourself with the clothes you wore to your appt. Then, you should be able to see how much they weigh.
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Oh I just strip down to my skivvies in the doc's office so I'm not sure.

I'm kidding. But my doc's scale is about 2-3 pounds less than mine even with clothes on. I've thought about stealing it for the sake of my sanity at times. I would say you could subtract at least a pound or two, especially if you have jeans on. Otherwise it would depend on how thick the clothes are and the material.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:18 PM   #4
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In truth, I haven't a clue, but my mom, the true queen of rationalization when it comes to weight loss, always said two pounds for your clothes if you leave your shoes on and one pound if you take them off. I go with that...
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:21 PM   #5
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But my doc's scale is about 2-3 pounds less than mine even with clothes on. I've thought about stealing it for the sake of my sanity at times.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:24 PM   #6
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I hate doctors scales. They always weigh me 5-8lbs more than I do at my scale at home. Grrrr.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:32 PM   #7
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There is this, too. When you go to your doctor's oofice, not only are you clothed but you may have eaten a meal and drunk water or some other liquid. It all has an effect on the scales.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:35 PM   #8
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I weighed myself in just my jogging pants, and was 317, took them off and was 314... they were heavy ones. ahaha
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:37 PM   #9
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BTW Ace, I've been meaning to tell you - your picture/avatar is just beautiful! Love the eyeliner!
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:40 PM   #10
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Thank you so much UrsusMaritimus! Makeup has always kind of been my thing

Since nice shoes or clothing couldn't be (stupid fasion industry and their lack of plus size clothing in ottawa~!)

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Old 11-13-2008, 12:44 PM   #11
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i always think about this. last night i weighed myself wearing my workout clothes, no shoes and was around 193. when i got back on the scale with my shoes, purse and jacket i was 199. i was just curious i guess at how much my purse really weighs.

but it's nice to be below 200 now with all that crap on.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:47 PM   #12
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at the doctors office yesterday, not only was my appointment RIGHT after I ate lunch, but I was wearing sneakers and blue jeans. on her scale it said 201. SIGH.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:32 PM   #13
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I don't subtract anything for clothing, only because when I weigh myself I am wearing the same thing everytime: shorts and a sports bra.

I weigh myself at the same time of day (morning, after waking up, with an empty bladder, stomach, etc) so I can be pretty sure about things being more "accurate."

If I get on a scale under other circumstances, like at the doctors or after some wild impulse when I stagger in the door after a night out, then I don't pay much attention to the number that pops up.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:48 PM   #14
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I weigh myself nekie at home, and clothed without shoes at work and my work scale is always less, so my clothes weigh negative...right? right? Lol!
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I never never look at the scale in the doctor's office. It could mess with my head so I just look away.
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