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3/15/13 2:44 P

Weighing is usually more accurate, plus it dirties far fewer dishes than measuring - so that makes it more popular. If I have a choice, I always weigh rather than measure. I will sometimes measure certain things, like salt and spices, because it's easier. Weighing foods in their raw state is more precise than cooked, but if you use the SP tracker, since they use cooked, you have to use cooked. I don't use the SP tracker so I use raw weight.

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3/15/13 1:11 P

I weigh everything, except oils - then I measure.

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3/15/13 12:47 P

Hi Marge

I think most people weigh their food, so that's what I'd suggest if you're looking for help with portion control. All of the foods in our database (unless otherwise indicated) are cooked volumes, so typically you'd measure the cooked weight of whatever you're eating.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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3/15/13 12:47 P

When I ate a more SAD plan, i weighed and measured everything after it was cooked. Now that I am on a more plant based plan, I only weigh and measure the things that are more dense in nature such as oils and nuts and some fruits because of the sugar content. I don't really pay attention to the amount of veggies since that takes up 3/4 of my plate.

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3/15/13 11:58 A

Is it better to weigh or measure your food or both. I am having problems with portion control and think this will help the scale move in the right direction. Also do you measure foods such as meat before or after they are cooked.
Thanks for everyone at Sparks support. You are a great group of people.
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