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Is My Scale Accurate?

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Don't blame your faulty scale if your weight doesn't seem accurate -- use our expert's advice on getting the most on-point scale reading possible.
"How can I ensure that I get the most accurate scale reading?"

Use a digital scale for best results. "Mechanical balance-beam scales [like those found in most gym locker rooms] lose accuracy if they aren't maintained and recalibrated on a regular basis," says James Montagnino, vice president of technology and innovation at Tanita Corporation, a scale manufacturer. "Since digital scales don't depend on any moving parts, they're less prone to wear and tear."

Place your digital scale on a hard, even surface; if your bathroom has plush carpeting, Montagnino recommends placing a flat board beneath the scale. "You should also make sure you're standing on the scale correctly," he advises. "Stand in the center, and be careful not to shift your weight to either foot." If your scale also measures body composition, don't weigh yourself first thing in the morning. "Fat contains less water than muscle, so the more dehydrated you are, the higher your body-fat reading," explains Montagnino.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, December 2005.


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jamescarlsen21 wrote:

Always use a Digital Weighing scale to measure the weight. The weighing scale in zym are not maintained properly so that they so inaccurate result. (

4/22/2014 06:22:17 AM Report Abuse
taratompson wrote:

I had a scale that would read different every time. I eventually just went out and bought another one. I think digital is the way to go now. Tara |

4/8/2014 01:30:01 PM Report Abuse
teesalmon wrote:

See for a method to check your scale. If you think that is interesting, you might consider I believe that some digital scales have software that can lead you to believe they are much more repeatable than they really are. Even if they are not precisely accurate (have an error), as long as it is the same, most people would be OK with that since most people are looking for "changes" in weight.

1/26/2013 10:15:30 AM Report Abuse

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