Comparing Weigh-Ins


I cannot count the amount of times I have heard a patient say “That’s not what my scale says!” after weighing in at the office. I have heard people say all kinds of things to explain to me why the number on the scale is different than the truth. I’ve been told multiple times that our scale is wrong. I also often hear that an individual’s weight is up because they have have had too much water, too little water, haven’t peed, haven’t had a bowel movement, retaining water, etc. A lot of these things may be true! Everyone’s weight does fluctuate throughout the day (some more than others) and this can be a reflection of a lot of things! BUT I want to give a little advice on this to avoid the confusion of whether the weight on the scale is a true reflection of your weight loss or weight gain. Here’s the key: Compare your weight on the same scale at the same time each day or the same day of each week (preferably). If possible, weigh nude first thing in the morning before you have had anything to eat or drink. If weighing in the office, try to get an appointment around the same time each week and wear articles of clothing that are similar in weight. If you are a patient of ours, you cannot accurately compare the weight your scale showed you this morning to the weight our scale shows you later in the day! All scales are calibrated a little differently (especially at-home scales) so you have to chose one scale- yours or ours- to compare your weight on a regular basis to see if you have truly gained or lost weight since your last weigh-in. And don’t blame that glass of water you drank this morning! 🙂