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04-15-2010, 04:00 PM
Okay, I've had this non-digital scale for awhile now. Other people have recently used it and it worked fine, putting them at the weight they knew they were. For months, when I weighed myself, it would put me, give or take, between 190 and 195. I know I am overweight. I'm trying to do something about that. I was thinking I only had to lose 40 lbs or so.

Well I went to the gym and used digital scales they have there. Much to my surprise, the scale read 257 lbs!!!!!!!!! That is a 62 lb difference!!!!!!!

It was REALLY discouraging to see I have farther to go than I thought, BUT, it doesn't make sense to me... why is my scale at home saying I'm around 195, and it's weighed other people accurately? Plus, I do look more around 190, not 257. I am not trying to insult anyone who is 257, not in any way. But I'm pretty sure I'm not 257. I don't understand what;s going on.

04-15-2010, 04:02 PM
That would put me at needing to lose 100 lbs or more, and that doesn't sound right. I'm so confused right now.

Plus, I wear a size 16/18 (american).

04-15-2010, 04:11 PM
Find another scale. Call around, ask your friend who own scales they are confident in and go weigh on that one. Or, buy a new one and go from there.

190 vs. 257 is a major jump.

04-15-2010, 04:25 PM
Thanks, that is great advice. My grandma has a really good scale I'll ask to borrow. Out of curiosity, what is your size, if you don't mind sharing. I am at 5'9 as well. I was thinking if I compare to someone who is around the weight I think that I am, according to my old scale, and also the height, I might get sort of an estimate of which scale was the more accurate.

04-15-2010, 04:27 PM
if there is no other scale to use immediately then call your dr and make an appt. You can use the drs scale to compare the 2 weights. If 260 is right then demand a full blood work up because obviously you gained weight and quickly.

Weighing in on different scales can drive you insane. I weighed 202 in my bathroom monday and 207 at the dr. his scale is probably more accurate, but I go with my scale for my records since I'm not weighing in at the dr weekly

Also stick something on the scale that you know the weight of (dumbells maybe) and see if it weighs it accurately. If you choose to do this I would still weigh in on another scale but it might give you a partial answer right away so you're not driving yourself crazy while you wait. I'm sure it'd drive me batty! (though knowing me I'd have run out and bought a new scale right away!)

04-15-2010, 04:47 PM
Holey Moley! It is one thing to see a 5-10lb difference between different scales - but not 60. Something is wrong somewhere.

04-15-2010, 04:55 PM
That is odd. You should definitely check a third scale. 190 to 257 is crazy! I don't know if this will be much help, but when I was 190 I was a 16/18 and I'm 5'2. I had a friend who was 5'5 and 184 and she wore a size 15 juniors, and my cousin who is 5'5 weighs 168 and wears a size 10/12 juniors.

04-15-2010, 05:15 PM
Wow, that must have been a shocker!

I'd put money down that you're at 190-195. I'm 5'7-5'8, and when I was 183 I was wearing 13's (should have been 14's). 190 and 15/16 sounds about right.

Digital scales are not always more accurate, as long as a non-digital scale is zeroed correctly, there's actually less that can go wrong with it than a digital scale. Plus, if that digi scale was at the gym, think how many people are getting on it all the time, it's quite possible that it is just funked up and spitting out crazy numbers.

I'd weigh in on somebody else's scale, if the number is nowhere close to either, get a new scale (for a decent basic scale, you can get one for like $30).

04-15-2010, 05:22 PM
at my heighest weight i was 259 wearing a tight size 18 .. and im 5'6 and a half

being 5'9 and 257 sound like a size 18 is about right if you where 190, at 5'9 it would make more sense if you where about a size 14 but depending on how your shaped diffrent people hold their weight differentley ...

04-15-2010, 05:44 PM
At 210, I was wearing 18's.
At 190, 16's.
At 175, 14's.

04-15-2010, 07:55 PM
If you weighed yourself closely in time on both scales, then one of them is seriously inaccurate. The easiest way to sort this out is to weigh yourself on a 3rd scale, if you can (preferably one that someone can testify is accurate).

Good luck!

04-15-2010, 10:01 PM
at 210, I'm a size 16

04-15-2010, 10:11 PM
I'm 5'3" and 205lb and fit into a size 18.

04-16-2010, 01:40 AM
Is it possible your home scale only weighs up to a certain weight? I remember the non-digital one we had when I was a kid only went up to 200. I'd find a third scale to know for sure. It's possible the one at the gym needed new batteries or something...they take a lot more abuse than home scales. Whatever you do, don't get discouraged!

If it helps, I'm 5'9", actually and oddly enough weigh 257, and I wear 16/18 tops and 20 bottoms.

04-16-2010, 09:08 PM
I'm anxious to know what happened!

04-16-2010, 09:53 PM
haha me too xD

04-17-2010, 01:43 AM
Hmm...not to be a downer, but for your heigh 257 sounds right for 16/18. I'm 5'5 and wore an 18 when I was 190. So if we have similar body types, 190 would put you at a few sizes smaller.

BUT could have a totally different body shape, so who knows??

04-17-2010, 02:10 AM
I'm curious too.

04-17-2010, 02:44 AM
My husband has a crappy manual scale that only weighs up to 200... anything above that gives weird readings. I wonder if that was the case here? I'm curious to see what she found out.

04-17-2010, 03:04 AM
At 5'5'', 200 lbs, I wore a tight 16 or an 18. I would bet money that the scale that said 257 was dead wrong. Especially since when I was 250's, I was in a size 22/24.

04-17-2010, 05:00 AM
My sister's 200 lbs, 5'6", and wears a 14/16. So a 16/18 at 190 sounds okay to me.

Ellie R
04-17-2010, 07:58 AM
Hey, I am curious too, let us know how you got on Noway...I had a similar experience (but only by 20lbs) and it felt really dreadful.

Btw, i am 5"9 also, and at 200lbs, i was wearing the equivilant of US size 12 max, so again not to be a downer but i guess somewhere on the higher side is going to be a bit more correct.
When I was 260 I would have been wearing a US 16-18 or so

04-17-2010, 08:40 AM
Hmm...not to be a downer, but for your heigh 257 sounds right for 16/18. I'm 5'5 and wore an 18 when I was 190. So if we have similar body types, 190 would put you at a few sizes smaller.

BUT could have a totally different body shape, so who knows??

Actually, it's the opposite. If you're shorter and weight the same amount as a taller person, you wear a bigger size, typically speaking depending on where you carry your weight. I know, because I'm a shorty with lots of tallish friends.

04-17-2010, 02:19 PM
Actually, it's the opposite. If you're shorter and weight the same amount as a taller person, you wear a bigger size, typically speaking depending on where you carry your weight. I know, because I'm a shorty with lots of tallish friends.

That's what she said. If they both weigh around 190, but ParadiseFalls is shorter and wears an 18.. then noway should wear a smaller size since she's taller. Same with me.. I'm 5'5 and weigh 195 and I wear a 16, so I would think someone four inches taller would be a wearing a smaller size than I do.

I'm guessing that the manual scale only went up to 200, so it showed her weight incorrectly but all her friends' weights (if they're smaller) would've been right. I doubt that the scale at the gym, regardless of how much it's used, could be 60 pounds off without anyone saying anything and fixing it.

04-17-2010, 02:33 PM
Many factors enter into this. If you weigh at home, nude before breakfast you will be at your lowest weight of the day. When you weigh away from home you will be wearing clothes and will probably have eaten food and had water to drink. That will make a differance but not as much as you experienced. I would try another scale , in your own home , if possible and under the same conditions that you normally do when you weigh.However that will not change the amount of weight you have lost. A pound lost is a pound lost no matter what scale you weigh on.
And if you find that your scale is closer to being accurate let the gym know so they can have theirs fixed and save others from the trauma you are going through.

04-17-2010, 05:45 PM
Well, looks like we're all confused! Lol. I think the bottom line is that all of our bodies are so different that it's impossible to tell what you might weigh. And now you've got us really curious!

04-17-2010, 05:48 PM
Please let us know what you find out !

04-18-2010, 07:34 PM
Hi guys, thank you so much for the posts! I appreciate them all and I read them the other day and tried to figure out what was going on, using the advice you guys gave.

First I took a weight I have, which is exactly 3 lbs and put it on my scale at home, (after making sure it was zeroed out.) My scale put it at 3lbs.

So next, I checked to see how much my scale goes up to, since a lot of people have had experiences with manual scales that only go up to 200. Well when I looked at the scale, it goes up to 300, so that's not it.

After weighing the 3lb weight yet again and seeing the results were still 3 lbs, I got on the scale and it still said 190.

Haven't been able to go up to my grandma's yet to use her scale. But went back to the gym and used the scale again, and it still said 257.

What's even more odd is, I went back to the gym the next day, and I had two teen relatives with me, and they weighed themselves also. The girl's weight came out to be 137. I actually would have thought she was about 125-130, but still, that's about right. There's no 60 lb difference like with my situation. Don't know what the boy's weight was, but he said it was right. That day I did not weigh myself (cause I was embarrassed!)

So... still no answers yet. But I still don't understand what's going on.

04-18-2010, 08:13 PM
just an FYI on the size-height question, since a number of the replies were from shorter women. I'm about 5'8.5 weigh 236 and I'm just getting into size 18 (still a 20 some places). At my lowest adult weight, 223lbs, I still wore an 18 bottom and a 14/16 top. At 257 lbs, I was around the top end of a size 20.

Good luck straightening this out!

04-18-2010, 08:16 PM
Have you checked to see if the scales are weighing you in the same unit of measurement? The only reason I bring it up is because one time my scale got bumped and went from lbs to kgs (there is a switch on the bottom) and it the numbers were different by like 50....

Ellie R
04-24-2010, 09:27 AM
Hey Noway....what happened with this in the end, any updates for us?