Found a cheap one from Amazon called Cuisdad for $10
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996 8/20/13 5:32 P
I have two food scales, or at least HAD two, until the cat broke one of them. The survivor goes up to 8 ounces (1000 g), the other went to 400 or 500 grams and was quite useful for smaller amounts of food (the larger one is handy for canning purposes), and will be replaced. Both are Salter, and use manual dials rather than digital. After my digital scale for my body went awry, I stick with "analog". Unless they physically break, they are accurate.
8/20/13 5:19 P
I found a good one for $15 at Bed Bath & Beyond. It's digital and small so it doesn't take up much counter space.
I agree - my scale is the best tool I ever got for this journey.
The one I have is also a postal scale. I'm pretty sure I got it through Amazon, and it wasn't very expensive. It measures in grams, ounces, pounds, and kilograms, has a tare feature, and is very compact. The entire unit measures 6 1/2 x 9 x 1 1/2". The actual measuring surface is 5 1/2 " square. The only maker markings I can find on it say "MyWeigh." Its capacity is quoted to be 15 pounds! I've never used it for even half of that. hehe
I agree, eyeballing portions is better than nothing... but it's a real eye-opener to actually see what the REAL portion size is. I'm better at eyeballing now, since I've had this tool to refer back to. Spoons and cups are also useful, but nothing beats a good scale.
Edited by: EXOTEC at: 8/18/2013 (13:16)
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8/17/13 6:14 P
I have wanted a food scale for a while, but I am making do with my measuring cups and spoons.
"Does anyone have a suggestion on which scale is "best"? I have never used one before but would like to get one to weigh meats and things."
Check out reviews on sites like Amazon. Sometimes people even post video reviews to show how accurate/inaccurate a particular scale is (comparing unknown weights against controls, repeated weighs, etc). In my experience most digital scales are accurate enough; they might be off by a couple of grams or have trouble with particularly small measurements, but in general you don't have to drop a ton of money on a kitchen scale unless you're using it to weigh really large or really small things. I've never spent more than $25 on a scale and I've owned a couple that were pretty good.
"I realise that a lot of American measurements is done in cups but even so, some things surely really need to be properly weighed in order to be exact. Everything I eat is weighed and listed to the nearest gram - surely cups aren't quite as exact?"
I 100% agree, especially with calorically dense foods. Eyeballing and volume measuring is notoriously inaccurate, and much of the time the recommended portions get all screwy when you compare the grams and the volume (1 cup of crushed cereal weighs a whole lot more than 1 cup of whole cereal). It's not really a big deal with things like leafy greens (you can be off by a whole cup and only get a couple of calories that you weren't accounting for), but with things like nuts and cheese...even a pretty tiny amount over/under can make a big difference if *everything* you measure is going over by a decent amount.
I have no idea how anyone would use this site without having kitchen scales. How on earth do you fill in the food tracker? I realise that a lot of American measurements is done in cups but even so, some things surely really need to be properly weighed in order to be exact. Everything I eat is weighed and listed to the nearest gram - surely cups aren't quite as exact?
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11 8/17/13 5:30 P
Does anyone have a suggestion on which scale is "best"? I have never used one before but would like to get one to weigh meats and things. Thanks!
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5/16/13 11:24 A
Food scales RULE!! I actually have postal scales. It does the job, is small, flat, and doesn't take up much space. it would actually fit in a drawer!
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5/15/13 5:23 P
I absolutely LOVE my food scale and tell anyone who is trying to lose weight to get one. It helps with things like pasta, since they tell you a serving size is 2 oz, but what the heck does that look like?
I am always using measuring cups and spoons to help me out!
I have been contemplating getting a food scale, mostly out of curiosity, but am worried it will cause me to be too obsessive about measuring portions out. Since my kitchen is already crowded, I'll hold off a bit longer... My weight is mostly stable these days without having to weigh things out exactly.
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5/15/13 10:39 A
I really need to get one, when I lost all my weight I used a cheap one & it was crazy how bad I portioned before it. I want this nice one we just got at work, I think I'll buy it now.
5/14/13 5:29 P
I just got one last week so I am slowly getting acquainted with it.
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11,622 5/14/13 4:24 P
Oh yeah. I would be lost without my scale!! I use eyeballing ONLY when I eat away from home. Looks can certainly be deceiving when it comes to portion control.
I completely agree - I think measuring tools like a scale and measuring cups are just as valuable as using the tracker! For a long time I would heap food on to my plate and consider it "one serving", but learning what one serving ACTUALLY was - that was a major learning experience for me.
I think my scale was only about $20, I got it from Target and it can measure grams or ounces, and has a tare feature (so I can put my plate directly on the scale and zero it, and add food). But yes, very important tool!
I used to think "eyeballing" my portions was good enough - deck of cards for protein, fist for grains and half my plate of veggies... BUT my BEST purchase since starting to monitor my nutrition is my new FOOD SCALE! Using the nutrition tracker in phase 1, I noticed my caloric intake during the day was great however after work my food intake went through the roof!
I love to cook home made nutritous meals for my family but I was not good at monitoring my portion sizes. Since getting my food scale last week I have noticed a huge difference in the amount of food on my plate and my favorite jeans are already thanking me ;)
If your skeptical or think your estimations are good enought like I did, I highly reccomend spending the $40 or so bucks on a decient scale! This is the best aid in weight loss I have found yet!
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