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DWSCHUYLER Posts: 1,135
4/29/13 5:56 A

Isn't it weird how you can't trust your eyes. Pretty much everything I eat at home is measured!

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4/28/13 7:29 P

Sounds like how things go in my kitchen, too. Even my partner is in the habit of automatically weighing everything for me.

I tend to underestimate meat and vegetables when I'm eyeballing it, and overestimate cereals, so weighing means that I'll actually eat all of the nutrients that I'm tracking for!

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BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,381
4/28/13 4:33 P

That sounds a lot like how things go in my kitchen! I weigh things when I can; it is my preference over "cups" and "servings." It keeps me "honest" and from going over my daily calories (as I can proactively adjust ingredients/serving sizes BEFORE I complete and consume my meal), but it also keeps me from going UNDER. I do find that when I "eyeball it" I tend to OVERestimate my portion sizes (in some sort of subconscious attempt to be "on the safe side and not eat too much" - it's not hard to inadvertently eat too little!).

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4/28/13 4:06 P

It is Sunday afternoon and I have eaten breakfast and planned dinner. I am hungry and don't know what I want so I go to the refrigerator and see that I have a half an avocado that I need to eat and think I would love an avocado cheese sandwich for lunch, So, I come back to my computer and go to Spark People Nutrition Tracker to put in the bread, 1 ounce of cheddar cheese and 1/2 avocado. And I check to see if I am OK on nutrition and calories for the day. I am so, I go back to the kitchen and toast my bread, carefully cut 1 ounce of cheese weighing it as I cut it to get it right and put it under the broiler to melt. Then I grab the avocado and cut out the part I don't want to eat. At this point it occurs to me that I could save calories by recording the grams instead of 1/2 avocado, so I put my other piece of toast on the scale and set it to zero and then put the avocado on it. I put my sandwich together and come back to the computer to change my avocado from 1/2 fruit to 72 grams and my calories for the avocado went from 144 to 120. I know weighing and measuring is a pain and a hassle but I find recording my grams almost always saves me room for a bit more flexibility with my portion or food choices later.

Do you weigh and measure and track? Do you get the same kind of results?

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