Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I Need a New Scale!

I hate my scale!

Or, perhaps my scale hates me instead? I'm trying to lose weight, and one aspect of that is to weigh myself daily.

I'm following The Hacker's Diet, which uses a weighted average to smooth out the daily weight fluctuations that occur, and let's you see the larger trends. So, of course, it's really hard to repeat a reading on my scale. I get up one morning, weigh myself and see 319.9 lbs. "Wow!" I think, "I broke 320!". But, knowing my scale a little to well, I take another reading, and see 328 lbs. I take about 7 more readings before finally getting a rough consensus around 325.6 lbs. That's way too much variance between readings for my comfort.

My wife doesn't seem to have these problems, so it may be due to my being at the upper end of the rated weight. (Seems like it was rated to 330 or 350 lbs, don't remember for sure.) We grabbed this Weight Watchers branded scale at Wal-mart one day, largely because it could handle my larger weight.

Reading online, I've heard Tanita brand scales recommended, so I'm looking into them. My wife likes an analog scale, but they don't support my weight. However, some of these digitals do, and they look nice too. I'm thinking maybe the HD372 or the HD373 model. Has anybody had any experience with any of these?


  1. Hi Madasi, this is wattly from physicsdiet.com. I have the HD372, and even at 350-370lbs it gave stable readings, within a pound at worst. I really like it, and am glad I bought it. Hope this helps, and congrats on the rapid weightloss :)

  2. I have the Tanita HD351 that I bought from Amazon. It shows you your last weight and your current weight -- helpful when I have forgotten to write down the last weight (and it will do this for up to five people).

    I'm pleased with the looks of it -- it's white, easier for a person with low vision to see than the ritzy clear-glass models. It gives very stable and accurate weight throughout a 440 pound range.

    It also is lower to the ground than most household bathroom scales, easier for people with mobility impairments to mount. This doesn't sound like much, but I was surprised at how much I noticed it.