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Weight Scale for Body Weight, Fluid Loss, etc
A high quality scale that is both accurate and consistent is a long-term investment that make sense:
- Tracking body weight accurately for weight loss or weight gain;
- Tracking gain or loss of body fluid during intensive workouts so as to determine hydration requirements;
- Determining total rider + bike + gear weight for accurate assessment of power on ascents;
- Weighing boxes for shipping.
I have been using the AmCells scales for about 8 years now, and am completely satisfied with their consistency and accuracy and durability and usability. While not cheap, they are outstanding investments.
A quality scale lasts forever, and has no ambiguity as to the actual readout. I prefer a digital scale— the number is displayed with no possible confusion.
This graph shows how I track weight while training seriously (click for more info).
This graph shows how I track weight fluid loss overnight. Only a scale with 0.1 pound accuracy is very useful for such things.
Normal variation is 4.0 pounds for a 175 pound male (your author). Going to be dehydrated results in less variation; eating late with fluids results in more.