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BEASTIE72 SparkPoints: (30,160)
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1/5/12 6:55 P

Digital scale that is user friendly, both grams and ounces available. Of course measuring cups and tablespoons and teaspoons. I always measure at home, I can eyeball it well enough if I'm not at home, but it is so easy to get off track. Plus, it's surprising how much a measured cup or even half cup looks on a plate.

CADOGAN1 SparkPoints: (2,067)
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1/5/12 6:12 P

I use a digital scale, cups what ever is needed. I have found it is sooooo important to measure especially starting out. After that even if you think you are eyeballing it right, check your measurements at least once a week, it's amazing how they can creep up in a short time.

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1/5/12 6:07 P

I have a scale for things like meats and a ladle that I eyeball for soups )it's 6 oz). Sometimes measuring cups for things like yogurt.

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1/5/12 6:07 P

For maximum accuracy, I like to measure grams on my digital kitchen scale. I also like to enter my own foods when possible, using the nutrition label from the specific brand I use. Since I use the same brands over & over, it really doesn't take much extra time.

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JENTHEPEN SparkPoints: (21,647)
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1/5/12 5:53 P

depends on what I'm measuring, I use dry or wet measuring cups and spoons or a food scale, depends how the "serving size" is measured.

LOSING_N_KONA SparkPoints: (1,679)
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1/5/12 5:50 P

I have bought and use a digital scale, measuring cups and spoons for both work and at home. This really helps for when I'm being lazy and dont pre-measure food at home. I've tried eyeballing and I'm just horrible at it and some times I underestimate how much I can really have...always great to find out I can have MORE! lol emoticon

MEWHENRYSMAMA Posts: 8,273
1/5/12 4:11 P

I, TOO, USE THE MEASURING CUPS, SPOONS, AND A DIGITAL SCALE, WHICH IS SO MUCH MORE ACCURATE THAN THE CHEAP ONES. IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE, ESP IF YOU MEASURE PROTEIN. IT ALSO IS A LEARNING TOOL SO IF YOU NEED TO EYEBALL A SERVING YOU HAVE HAD AN ACCURATE PICTURE TO USE.
GOOD LUCK.

MARIABELLA Posts: 2,388
1/5/12 3:52 P

What a difference a digital scale made from my older regular scale. So much more accurate and no cheating. Forget eyeballing it, I would go in favor of my tummy instead of reality.

Edited by: MARIABELLA at: 1/5/2012 (15:52)
MOTTSIE Posts: 181
1/5/12 3:19 P

mostly eyeball. I also go back to measuring on the scale once a month so my eyeballed portions dont creep up too high. funny how the portion size of anything increases without realizing it!


DANIELA_M1 SparkPoints: (3,734)
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1/5/12 3:10 P

I use a measuring cup/spoon for some things and others I eye ball estimate if I'm out.

PRINCESSMANDIE Posts: 4,820
1/5/12 3:06 P

I eye ball. Bad I know but I did work in a Bariatrics office (weight loss surgery) and before a pt is set up for surgery they speak with a dietician and are giving references on how to eyeball food. We had a plate already set up with plastic food and I used it as a reference, although the plate was a small plate compared to a plate that a person without weight loss surgery would use.

I am looking at getting a kitchen scale though so I can be more accurate with foods that are higher in calories. When I'm eating fruits, veggies etc I tend to not worry so much about measuring.

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ADJQUILTER Posts: 1,796
1/5/12 2:37 P

A digital scale, and measuring cups and spoons.


DVINEPR Posts: 296
1/5/12 1:09 P

Measuring cups and spoons, or a digital scale.

VEGAN32 Posts: 19
1/5/12 1:07 P

I started using measuring dishes
its a lot eazyer
it comes in a set at walmart
before i started sparks i would eat 3-4 serving and i had no clue that it was to much food

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SONICB Posts: 4,308
1/5/12 12:54 P

I use measuring cups/spoons or eyeball it.

ESD2073 Posts: 228
1/5/12 12:39 P

I use the kitchen scale and measuring cups and spoons. It all depends on what the serving options are on the nutrition tracker, the food, and what the package nutrition label references. It's all going to end up pretty close *maybe at the most* +/- 100 calories in a day. I can live with that given my daily range varies by 350 calories. Good luck, and just use whatever method works best for you!

DWAN1969 SparkPoints: (63,455)
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1/5/12 11:33 A

I measure everything in oz or grams since I have food scale at home...and I do mean everything...

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OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (82,618)
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1/5/12 10:56 A

mostly measuring cups. We do have a food scale at home, and at the office I use my postage scale!

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IFFUR77 Posts: 519
1/5/12 10:55 A

all food measuring devices
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SALADPRINCESS21 Posts: 53
1/5/12 10:42 A

Scale, measuring cups, and spoons

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SECTION1RON Posts: 5,903
1/5/12 8:33 A

Food Scale and measuring cups.

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KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
1/5/12 8:28 A

Measuring cups and spoons and on some things like meat I use scales.

WHENDERFUL Posts: 1,052
1/5/12 8:00 A

I've been doing too much "eyeballing"...need to buy a scale!

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ILOVESALUKI SparkPoints: (11,061)
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1/5/12 7:43 A

I use scale

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (226,406)
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1/5/12 7:34 A

measuring cups and spoons for some things, the scale for others.

Karen
DIGIT00 Posts: 3,778
1/5/12 7:30 A

scale usually

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_TRACEY80 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/5/12 7:10 A

I hate measuring using scales and all that, too time consuming! I usually just look at the calories in a whole container of food then divide it by the size of portions I use.
I always round the calories up to the next 10 to compensate for any error in portion size.

I do weigh some things out that are more tricky to estimate, like rice, but I don't really eat many things like that.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,241)
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1/5/12 3:22 A

scale+cups+table spoons....

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JESSMELANDER Posts: 420
1/5/12 1:50 A

Measuring cup for some things, scale for others. And then of course there are the processed foods that come in portions I can "count" like sliced breads and cheeses, lol!

KATD13 SparkPoints: (77,595)
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1/5/12 12:33 A

Measuring cups for liquids
Scale for solids
Measuring spoons for spices, sugar, cocoa powder...etc.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (289,069)
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1/4/12 8:38 P

I use both scale and measuring cups depending on what I need to measure.

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AUNTFANNYJANE Posts: 796
1/4/12 8:34 P

I was using measuring cups, but have recently purchased a kitchen scale and am finding the accuracy is improved. No great additional weight loss yet though. How do you measure your food intake?

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