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Old 03-13-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Question Scale Fluctuation Q (Scale Issue, not salt or water or anything!)

Hey ladies,

I've got a question about scales. I've got a fancy new Weight Watchers scale but I can get several different measurements in the same morning. I'm not talking the regular day-to-day water retention/sodium/normal body fluctuations, but fluctuations in the scale itself.

I know I need to weigh on a flat surface, but I find depending on where the scale is in the bathroom, I get a different reading up to a pound!

I know I could just leave it one spot! I am just wondering- does this mean my scale is ****? I do live in a slanted trailer in the Arctic that is on stilts...lol so maybe it's just uneven??

Thanks and have a lovely morning!

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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My WW scale did the same thing, so I bought a better quality scale XD no offense to WW's but I find their scales terrible for older homes and I figure trailers are just as slanted as older homes. This new one weighs me the same wherever I put it and if I smack my foot off the side or bump it with something it wont weight me 5lbs diff up or down cause of it
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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My WW scale annoys me because it doesn't fluctuate, even when it's supposed to. If I weigh myself then pick up my 5lb kitten and weigh again, there will be no difference. Pretty sure it has a short term memory and if it's close enough to the first weight, it'll just show the first weight. I hate it. My fiance didn't believe that happens so I had to prove it to him lol.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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Most scales don't like to be moved around. So, pick a spot and keep it there. Even so, you might bounce around a bit. I sometimes take three readings and take the middle one (if it doesn't land on the same one).
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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Does anyone have recs for a good scale? I'd really like a very accurate scale.
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I bought, and returned, a WW scale. Didn't like it. And I consider myself somewhat of a scale expert.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:53 PM   #7
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I hate my WW scale. The buttons are placed so ridiculously; I can't stand on the scale without my toes pressing buttons.

So, I've given up on it. I just use my 4 year old scale...which has a different set of issues.

I just need a new scale. Recommends would be great.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:45 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice, everyone! Unfortunately, our bathroom is so small I can't keep it out. I'll likely just continue the guessing game :/

Thank you!
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #9
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I keep my scale in the living room because I don't have room in the bathroom either! The kitchen may also work for a scale. No one says a scale has to be in the bathroom.
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I keep my scale in my bedroom by the nightstand (hardwood floors, whew!) since our bathroom is small. I use a WW scale (the glassy one) and it doesn't give me different readings at all if I step on it a few times in 5 minutes or anything like that. Although it tends to give me lower #s than the other one I have (homedics, I think.) Haha, I step on the WW scale if I'm feeling down or I want a lower number that day.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:41 PM   #11
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I've never used a WW scale. However, I have noticed on my scales that my weight depends on where I actually stand on the scale. I try to place my feet in the very centre of the scale, but I can still get varying weights each time I weight myself at one time.
I saw someone say that they weight themselves a few times and pick the middle one, which is what I would advise.
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Tanita makes good scales.
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