need help understanding my ounces on a digital scale
mommyluggage
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Hi everyone. I've got a silly question that is just testing my math skills.
So I know that there are 16 ounces in a pound. On my new digital bathroom scale (which measures every 2 ounces) it states the weight like this; 170.2, 170.4, 170.6, and 170.8.
So the other day I weighed in at 170, then the next day I measured and I was at 169.8 At first I was like yay, a half a pound loss (since 8 oz is half a pound). But when I entered my weight onto my weight recorder phone app it showed that I had a 2 ounce loss. Actually it specifically said 0.2 loss.
That's when I realized that I never saw anything over 8 ounces on my scale.
So what am I missing here. I tried researching online first but got no info about this.
Thanks for any info
So I know that there are 16 ounces in a pound. On my new digital bathroom scale (which measures every 2 ounces) it states the weight like this; 170.2, 170.4, 170.6, and 170.8.
So the other day I weighed in at 170, then the next day I measured and I was at 169.8 At first I was like yay, a half a pound loss (since 8 oz is half a pound). But when I entered my weight onto my weight recorder phone app it showed that I had a 2 ounce loss. Actually it specifically said 0.2 loss.
That's when I realized that I never saw anything over 8 ounces on my scale.
So what am I missing here. I tried researching online first but got no info about this.
Thanks for any info
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Your scale measures to the 2/10 of a lb not to 2 oz.
100.8 lbs on your scale is not 100 lbs, 8 ounces, it's 100 lbs and 8/10 of a lb (12.80 oz)
MFP is the same. It's recording a 2/10 lb loss (3.2 oz) not a 2 oz loss.8 
I would come to believe your scale measures a pound up to 1.0. Your scale isn't going to measure in 16oz increments. A half pound would be .53

OP Tonyrocks is correct.
Just remember that 0.5 will be half a pound and 0.2 will be just below a quarter of a pound and 0.7 just below threequarters of a pound.4 
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math3

If you don't understand it, maybe you should get a scale that only measures in halfpound increments to avoid confusion.3

0.2= 3.2 oz
0.4= 6.4 oz
0.6= 9.6 oz.
0.8= 12.8 oz.
Half a pound (0.5) is 8 oz.
A quarter pound (0.25) is 4 oz.5 
0.2= 3.2 oz
0.4= 6.4 oz
0.6= 9.6 oz.
0.8= 12.8 oz.
Half a pound (0.5) is 8 oz.
A quarter pound (0.25) is 4 oz.
This may be true but your scale is NOT measuring ounces, it's measuring in pounds.3 
Thanks everyone, as soon as I saw the post about the scale measuring 1/10th of a pound it clicked in my head. Really appreciate the clarification.3

Metric FTW!
Lol sorry not helpful but I can't get my head around ounces, lbs etc1 
0.2= 3.2 oz
0.4= 6.4 oz
0.6= 9.6 oz.
0.8= 12.8 oz.
Half a pound (0.5) is 8 oz.
A quarter pound (0.25) is 4 oz.
This may be true but your scale is NOT measuring ounces, it's measuring in pounds.
Exactly. 0.2 pounds is 3.2 ounces.1 
Metric FTW!
Lol sorry not helpful but I can't get my head around ounces, lbs etc
I can't get my head around "stones" from the metric lot, either so I guess we're even! ;)2 
Water weight fluctuates so much that really its always plus or minus 34 lb ...0

math
nods
all scales measure like that0 
This discussion certainly helped me, I appreciate the explanation.
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My Weightwatchers digital scale is set to stones and lbs. It also shows fractions in 1/8ths. Last weeks weigh in read
12 stone 4 3/8th lbs. I have no idea about the eighths........does anyone?1 
TigressPat wrote: »math
nods
all scales measure like that
Not all scales. Mine only measures in halfpound increments (either whole pounds of xxx.5 for a half pound).0 
suziecue25 wrote: »My Weightwatchers digital scale is set to stones and lbs. It also shows fractions in 1/8ths. Last weeks weigh in read
12 stone 4 3/8th lbs. I have no idea about the eighths........does anyone?
More math. Every 8th of a pound is 2 ounces.
1 lb = 16 oz
Divide both by 8 to get:
1/8 lb = 2 oz.
Therefore, 3/8 lb would be 6 ounces. Or just divide 3/8 and you get 0.375 lbs.
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Having trouble with the quote function.
Just wanted to point out that “stone” ISN’T metric. It’s UK imperial.
1st = 14lb
(Also just to really mess with your head, there are 20 fl oz in a pint over here!)
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3 yr old thread. I think the OP either get's it or is gone...1
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