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I just began my Medifast journey last week and I'm looking for advice on a reliable/accurate scale for my at home weigh-ins. (There is no Medifast Center where I live.) I have a scale which is several years old (not digital) and have noticed that it fluctuates between 2 and 5 pounds at times. Not just I, but my thin daughters and niece who frequently use it, say that it changes within moments of stepping on and off of it. Can anyone recommend a good reliable scale for at home use? I appreciate any input. Thanks..

Comments (45)

I just went to WalMart and picked up a nice middle of the road priced Health-O-Meter digital scale that does NOT have all the bells and whistles. I don't need to measure body fat and such using a scale, I just want to know weight. It works like a charm.

Comment #1

Don't feel bad. All scales seem to be like that. My mother went on a quest for a scale. She had the sales girls who usually weighed 90 pounds get on them and they were all over the map. (She was too embarrassed to weigh herself in public).

She finally purchased "the biggest looser" scale for us to keep at my house so we could hold each other accountable. Prior to this I had banned all scales from my home for over 20 years. I find them depressing and often inaccurate. However, a scale is a necessary evil - and this one is accurate to a fairly high weight. Very attractive large flat glass plate on top - memory functions to hold multiple users facts. Calculates your BMI & calories needed to maintain the weight displayed - so you know your caloric deficit for the day..

What I have learned is that our weight itself does actually fluctuate greatly not just from day to day, but even after only a few hours. Even the time of week varies greatly. I find that I often weigh less on Monday than Friday (Friday being my weekly Medifast anniversary and official weigh in date)..

Right now it is TOM for me and so of course my scale zipped up like 20 pounds in one day. Crushing for my ego! I am 10 weeks OP and I know this is totally normal - but I hate it! What keeps me going is POST-TOM - I KNOW the scale will drop like a rock and I will be back in my weight loss zone!.

Have fun picking out your scale. Brand name and quality don't seem to matter much. Carpeting in the store will ruin your ability to get a clear reading. Place the scale on a hard floor to test it - test all scales before making a purchase. Good luck and have fun!.

Comment #2

I have a WW digital scale thatI've had for a number of yrs now..

Comment #3

I also have a Weight Watchers scale that I got from Kohl's. It's pretty reliable as long as I keep it on a flat surface. Doesn't like the balancing act on ceramic tile grout lines. LOL No two scales will be exactly the same. When I purchased this one it was actually 7 pounds off from my old digital....was not a happy camper!.

Comment #4

I have a Healthometer scale that I love. I have had it for over 3 years now and it always gives me accurate readings. It will also save my data for up to 16 weigh ins and track my progress to goal which I like..

Comment #5

I too have a weight watchers scale...that I bought when I was on weight watchers a few years ago. It weighs really close to my dr's scale..

Comment #6

I have the Health-O-Meter scale and really like it. It's exactly the same as my dr's office, and very consistent. It tracks my body fat, water intake, and weight loss. It was relatively inexpensive from WalMart..

Comment #7

I have a weight watchers scale, bought it at walmart a few years back. It is digital and I think it was less than $20..

Comment #8

Luckily I have a physicans scale at work, because I work with the military, and they are ALWAYS having weigh-ins!! I don't own a scale at home. They actually have two scales, and just for fun (yeah, fun) I weighed on both of them, hoping one would be a couple of pounds lower for reporting my beginning weight No such luck, they were the exact same....*sigh* at least I know they are calibrated!.

Comment #9

I just went to WalMart and picked up a nice middle of the road priced Health-O-Meter digital scale that does NOT have all the bells and whistles. I don't need to measure body fat and such using a scale, I just want to know weight. It works like a charm..

Comment #10

Don't feel bad. All scales seem to be like that. My mother went on a quest for a scale. She had the sales girls who usually weighed 90 pounds get on them and they were all over the map. (She was too embarrassed to weigh herself in public)..

She finally purchased "the biggest looser" scale for us to keep at my house so we could hold each other accountable. Prior to this I had banned all scales from my home for over 20 years. I find them depressing and often inaccurate. However, a scale is a necessary evil - and this one is accurate to a fairly high weight. Very attractive large flat glass plate on top - memory functions to hold multiple users facts. Calculates your BMI & calories needed to maintain the weight displayed - so you know your caloric deficit for the day..

What I have learned is that our weight itself does actually fluctuate greatly not just from day to day, but even after only a few hours. Even the time of week varies greatly. I find that I often weigh less on Monday than Friday (Friday being my weekly Medifast anniversary and official weigh in date)..

Right now it is TOM for me and so of course my scale zipped up like 20 pounds in one day. Crushing for my ego! I am 10 weeks OP and I know this is totally normal - but I hate it! What keeps me going is POST-TOM - I KNOW the scale will drop like a rock and I will be back in my weight loss zone!.

Have fun picking out your scale. Brand name and quality don't seem to matter much. Carpeting in the store will ruin your ability to get a clear reading. Place the scale on a hard floor to test it - test all scales before making a purchase. Good luck and have fun!..

Comment #11

I have a WW digital scale thatI've had for a number of yrs now...

Comment #12

I also have a Weight Watchers scale that I got from Kohl's. It's pretty reliable as long as I keep it on a flat surface. Doesn't like the balancing act on ceramic tile grout lines. LOL No two scales will be exactly the same. When I purchased this one it was actually 7 pounds off from my old digital....was not a happy camper!..

Comment #13

I have a Healthometer scale that I love. I have had it for over 3 years now and it always gives me accurate readings. It will also save my data for up to 16 weigh ins and track my progress to goal which I like...

Comment #14

I too have a weight watchers scale...that I bought when I was on weight watchers a few years ago. It weighs really close to my dr's scale...

Comment #15

I have the Health-O-Meter scale and really like it. It's exactly the same as my dr's office, and very consistent. It tracks my body fat, water intake, and weight loss. It was relatively inexpensive from WalMart...

Comment #16

I have a weight watchers scale, bought it at walmart a few years back. It is digital and I think it was less than $20...

Comment #17

Luckily I have a physicans scale at work, because I work with the military, and they are ALWAYS having weigh-ins!! I don't own a scale at home. They actually have two scales, and just for fun (yeah, fun) I weighed on both of them, hoping one would be a couple of pounds lower for reporting my beginning weight No such luck, they were the exact same....*sigh* at least I know they are calibrated!..

Comment #18

Don't feel bad. All scales seem to be like that. My mother went on a quest for a scale. She had the sales girls who usually weighed 90 pounds get on them and they were all over the map. (She was too embarrassed to weigh herself in public).

She finally purchased "the biggest looser" scale for us to keep at my house so we could hold each other accountable. Prior to this I had banned all scales from my home for over 20 years. I find them depressing and often inaccurate. However, a scale is a necessary evil - and this one is accurate to a fairly high weight. Very attractive large flat glass plate on top - memory functions to hold multiple users facts. Calculates your BMI & calories needed to maintain the weight displayed - so you know your caloric deficit for the day..

What I have learned is that our weight itself does actually fluctuate greatly not just from day to day, but even after only a few hours. Even the time of week varies greatly. I find that I often weigh less on Monday than Friday (Friday being my weekly Medifast anniversary and official weigh in date)..

Right now it is TOM for me and so of course my scale zipped up like 20 pounds in one day. Crushing for my ego! I am 10 weeks OP and I know this is totally normal - but I hate it! What keeps me going is POST-TOM - I KNOW the scale will drop like a rock and I will be back in my weight loss zone!.

Have fun picking out your scale. Brand name and quality don't seem to matter much. Carpeting in the store will ruin your ability to get a clear reading. Place the scale on a hard floor to test it - test all scales before making a purchase. Good luck and have fun!..

Comment #19


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