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Is it possible to lose 30 lbs in four days???

Old 05-02-05, 09:55 AM
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Is it possible to lose 30 lbs in four days???

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We are having a weight loss competition at work.

The one guy in the contest is heavier then the maximum weight of the scale. The scale goes up to 325. The rest of us (being the geniuses we are) figured that we would just add on the weight measuer after the scale went OVER 325.

Well, he got on, the scale wrapped around onceand then went to 4O lbs.

So 365 was his weight we assumed

This was a Tuesday. On Friday's weigh in the scale reads only 10lbs. (335)

Is this humanly possible??? Even if he cheated??
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Unless he cut off some appendages or had a tumor removed...or seriously abused a combination diuretics and other forms of medication and is on the verge of death by dehydration...It would be impossible to lose that much weight in four days.

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couldn't he have had heavy stuff on him or were you guys naked at work? also, maybe you are incorrect about the wrap around of a scale... maybe it isn't as simple as just adding the max weight plus the wrap around weight together.
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Originally Posted by j123vt_99
couldn't he have had heavy stuff on him or were you guys naked at work? also, maybe you are incorrect about the wrap around of a scale... maybe it isn't as simple as just adding the max weight plus the wrap around weight together.

THAT is what we are thinking. The scale might NOT be accurate above 325.


Clothes have been consistant with each weigh in.

Could he have chugged a whole bunch of water and gatorade or something RIGHT before the weigh in?

Then urinated afterwards? Even then though....


Can any doctors, dieticians or nutritionists chime in on this?
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Originally Posted by Sominex
THAT is what we are thinking. The scale is NOT accurate above 325.


Clothes have been consistant with each weigh in.

Could he have chugged a whole bunch of water and gatorade or something RIGHT before the weigh in?

Then urinated afterwards? Even then though....

i meant, couldn't he have worn like a 40 lb weight belt or something
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Sure, its possible because lots of scales are non-linear above 300.
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Sure, I heard Michael Jackson did....when he took the 5 year old off his lap.
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Originally Posted by j123vt_99
i meant, couldn't he have worn like a 40 lb weight belt or something
It's possible, but he seems like an honest guy.

Even when he got on the scale 4 days later, the first thing he said is "It's impossible.. I could not have lost that much weight"


I am the scale not being accurate over 325, but I want to go other avenues first, and then test the scale
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It would probably be best to use more than one scale when doing something like that. At least thats what the 8th grade science fair champion in me suggests.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
It would probably be best to use more than one scale when doing something like that. At least thats what the 8th grade science fair champion in me suggests.

so would you have the guy put 1 foot on each scale?
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Was it possible his belly was resting on a towel bar??
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Just have someone bring in 40 pounds worth of hand weights and weigh him with and without them. Or a large variety of smaller weights and see how much it takes to get him to wrap-around to 40 again.
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or have two of yall stand on there together and separate and see if the wrap around weight is right
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No. It is not possible, unless he is near death, and even then, it's highly unlikely. Either he cheated in the first weigh-in or the scale is not accurate. I would guess the latter.

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Originally Posted by j123vt_99
so would you have the guy put 1 foot on each scale?

Well if they aren't accurate above 325 then it wouldn't work to have him weigh himself on both. I don't buy that they aren't accurate above 325 though. You know how many obese people I see a day? Many. Tell him to run his fat ass off for a few months and then do the weight lost test after he is below 325.
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Have him use this for accuracy.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Well if they aren't accurate above 325 then it wouldn't work to have him weigh himself on both.
If he stood with one foot on each scale, both scales would read roughly half his weight. Add the two figures together to get his total weight. If both scales top out at 325, this will work unless the guy is over 600#, or if he is vastly asymetrical.
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Well if they aren't accurate above 325 then it wouldn't work to have him weigh himself on both. I don't buy that they aren't accurate above 325 though. You know how many obese people I see a day? Many. Tell him to run his fat ass off for a few months and then do the weight lost test after he is below 325.

agreed.. i don't know why the other guy suggested bringing in another scale
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Well if they aren't accurate above 325 then it wouldn't work to have him weigh himself on both. I don't buy that they aren't accurate above 325 though. You know how many obese people I see a day? Many. Tell him to run his fat ass off for a few months and then do the weight lost test after he is below 325.

Awful....



I am leaning more and more towards the scale not being accurate

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can't you just weigh two people separately whose combined weight is over 325? then weigh them together and see what it reads?
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Old 05-02-05, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Venusian
can't you just weigh two people separately whose combined weight is over 325? then weigh them together and see what it reads?
Good suggestion but I don't think there is enough room on the scale for 2 people
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i think losing 30 lbs in 4 days would require the use of Jimmy Tango's Fat Busters system from SNL:

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/95/95ttango.phtml


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Unless they know each other real well.

My votes on 'the scale's not accurate.'
If the dial only goes to 325, then it's quite likely it's not even calibrated to be able to 'understand' weights above that.
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I also think that the scale was inaccurate.

However, I have seen someone lose 20 lbs in 24 hours, due to being EXTREMELY obese and doing one of those body wraps. Granted, they only lost water weight, and I never checked to see if they actually kept it off. But depending on how obese you are, 30 lbs in 4 days is not impossible. Definitely not healthy though.
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Originally Posted by Venusian
can't you just weigh two people separately whose combined weight is over 325? then weigh them together and see what it reads?
You think if someone weighs more than the scale can measure there would be enough room on it for another person? Are you talking about a weigh station for trucks or what?
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