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    Scale Recomendation?

    Hey guys. I have been trying to track my weightloss but the scale I have is no good. It is a digital readout one. If I get on three times in a row it will some times give me three different weights varying by 1 to 3 pounds. How do some people track their weightloss by the pound? Is their scale accurate? What would you recomend? I don't want to spend much more then $50 but I don't know what scales sell for and can up my budget if it is worth it.

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    So you step on it three times and take the lowest value.

    I have a Tanita body fat one. It's very consistent but it only shows weight in 0.5lbs intervals.

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    Do you have regular access to a gym or the like? They should have a pretty accurate scale around, like the one at your doctor's office.

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    Or you can pay $0.50 and get your weight and fortune at the same time!

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    Do you have regular access to a gym or the like? They should have a pretty accurate scale around, like the one at your doctor's office.
    These scales are only accurate if they get calibrated at least once a year. Look for a calibration sticker. I doubt you will find one. Even the doctors don't bother getting it calibrated.

    I have this one. Cheap and very accurate so far(3 years). I never get a different reading as long as it is on a hard level surface.

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2418
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuan
    So you step on it three times and take the lowest value.

    I have a Tanita body fat one. It's very consistent but it only shows weight in 0.5lbs intervals.
    I usually try to get an average reading although I know its probably not that accurate. .5 increments is not that big of a deal to me, so ill look into that one

    Quote Originally Posted by grebletie
    Do you have regular access to a gym or the like? They should have a pretty accurate scale around, like the one at your doctor's office.
    I go to bally's total fitness gym. The scale in the locker room looks like it was thrown off their roof a couple of times.

    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    These scales are only accurate if they get calibrated at least once a year. Look for a calibration sticker. I doubt you will find one. Even the doctors don't bother getting it calibrated.

    I have this one. Cheap and very accurate so far(3 years). I never get a different reading as long as it is on a hard level surface.

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2418
    Thanks for the link, ill definately look at that.

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    Most of the newer Tanitas measure in 0.2 lb increments. Mine is about 4 years old, and I weigh myself once each day, taking the "best 2 out of 3" reading (re-setting it between each weigh-in).

    90% of the time the first 2 readings are the same.

    FWIW, is your scale on a hard surface? If it's on a carpet, that could explain the variations you're seeing.
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    Thinner Scale that measures in .2 increments. If I step on it three times I usually get the same result all three times -- unless if I pee between weigh-ins , in which case I'll weigh a little less.

    It'll store readings for several users and has a body fat function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSP
    FWIW, is your scale on a hard surface? If it's on a carpet, that could explain the variations you're seeing.
    Yea it is on a hard surface. I think its just crappy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    These scales are only accurate if they get calibrated at least once a year. Look for a calibration sticker. I doubt you will find one. Even the doctors don't bother getting it calibrated.

    I have this one. Cheap and very accurate so far(3 years). I never get a different reading as long as it is on a hard level surface.

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2418
    I use a very similar looking Taylor with a BF analyzer. Got it on sale at the Walgreens down the street, so I could bring it back if it were unreliable. The scale part is very reliable and agrees with the counterbalance one at the gym, but I found the BF analyzer gimmicky and highly variable. I'm sticking to my accumeasure calipers for BF.

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