How to Use a Bathroom Scale
by Hannah Rice Myers
Your bathroom weight scale can be your best friend or your worst enemy when you're attempting to lose weight. You rely on its accuracy, especially when it shows weight loss. You depend on its reading to alert you to necessary changes you may need to make in your routine. A number of variables factor into the number your weight scale displays, all of which are controlled by you. To achieve the most accurate reading, you simply need to know how to use your bathroom scale properly. Below, you'll learn how to use a bathroom scale.
Using a Bath Scale:
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- Calibrate your scale.
This ensures the reading you receive is an accurate one. Analog scales come equipped with either a dial or knob located at their base. Find an object of known weight, such as an unopened five-pound bag of sugar, and place it on your scale. If the scale reads only three pounds, use the knob to adjust the scale's reading to the correct weight. Repeat this process every three to six months.
- Place the scale on a hard surface.
When preparing to weigh yourself, place your scale on a hard surface, such as a tile floor. Using your bathroom scale on a carpeted surface may cause an inaccurate reading because of interference from the fibers of the carpet: They act as a spring, causing the foot pads of your scale to be less sensitive to your weight.
- Use on a level surface.
Placing your weight scale on a level surface also helps ensure an accurate reading. Using your scale on an uneven surface can result in a disturbance of its calibration and, thus, an inaccurate reading.
- Keep it personal.
Over time, the springs in your scale will become worn from use; the more you or anyone else uses it, the more quickly this will occur, leading to inaccurate readings. To combat this, be sure to use the same scale each time you check your weight. Make it known to your family that it is your scale and is for your use only.
- Use it in the morning.
Eating and drinking through the day causes a variation in your weight, making it appear as though you have gained. Therefore, it is always better to use your scale first thing in the morning, before you have consumed anything.
- Wait for digital scales.
If you own a digital scale, there will be a button located on the base. Press this button once and wait for the display to show zero. Some may flash the number zero two or three times; wait for a constant zero to display itself before stepping on your scale.