I sprung for a digital scale that you enter a code for each food weighed to give you the nutritional info for what you portion out. It was neat to see in real time how many calories those three extra m&ms actually added. Since using Spark though, I don't bother using the codes. I just use the spark tracker. I replace the 2 AA batteries every 18 months or so. When it dies, I plan on getting a simple digital scale that Aldis offers for around $10.00.
Mine has button batteries, they cost about £3 (thats UK Pounds) and they last, hmm nearly a year being used multiple times a day.
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24,771 2/21/13 9:45 P
My current scales go to 5kg (I THINK about 12lb) but the previous ones were only 2kg. It also turns itself off. I wouldn't be bothered with one with all the bells and whistles, like calories etc. ALL of mine have taken the round lithiuim 3V batteries (CR2032) but I use those batteries for a couple other things, too, so it is no big deal having some as spare. Also, I found that it pays to have them on hand because when the battery goes flat, it generally does so quite quickly, BUT that is not to say that the batteries don't last long, because they do!
WOW - I am almost out of breath after that - LOL! Kris
2/21/13 7:27 P
the one i put the link for earlier, weighs accurately in both miniscule (a couple of grams) weights and in pounds - I think it's rated for up to 10# or even more? And I rarely have to change the battery. It turns itself off if i forget, which saves battery life. It takes AA's, which are pretty cheap.
Kiwi - ha ha yes why do cookies and treats always weigh so much more than they look like they should! (hmm i guess that's the reason behind why *I* weigh so much more than i should! ha ha!)
So I think i need to look for one thats dgital, hasa tre feature, weighs in grams/ounces or kilograms and pounds. What about battery life? One thats under 30 and wouldnt be going through batteries really fast would be great. I saw the biggest loser one that has everything, just kind of takes batteries fast from what reviews has said. Do they all take lithium ones too? Are those the regular duracell/energizer kind or the new ones?
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24,771 2/21/13 7:13 P
BUNNYKICKS - I had to laugh at what you do because I ALWAYS do exactly the same thing - LOL! Most times my guess isn't far off, but the funny thing is, when it comes to a piece of cake or chocolate, THAT is when I am inclined to UNDERestimate the weight :-?
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24,771 2/21/13 7:10 P
I use digital scales, but even then they aren't all equal. The reason is that some are only capable of weighing 2-3lb, but others can weigh heavier items. I found that some are easier to read than others. Some of them when you put a plate on them, it is very hard to see what the weight is because it is tucked underneath the plate. Some don't have smaller weight-increments - get a scale that weighs in single grams, and also has the ability to weigh in lbs/oz AND grams. It makes it tons easier if you want to use a recipe from another country.
When I have bought luncheon meat or sliced ham from a serve-over deli, I have asked for the nutritional information for that item. They have photocopied it and given it to me so I can put it into my Favourites. The same with store-made breads, etc. Don't be afraid to ask them.
Good luck, Kris
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2/21/13 6:48 P
Definitely digital scale...and you don't need to spend a fortune on one either. I got mine for under $20 and have had it for five plus years. Have only had to change the battery once.
You will most likely be surprised what 2 oz of various foods actually looks like. A 12 oz can is fluid ounces (a volume measurement) whereas a 2 oz serving of lunchmeat (or whatever non-liquid thing you're measuring) is a weight measurement. I fell into that issue when I first started and was both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised at the weights of various foods.
2/21/13 4:18 P
Oh honey, get a digital scale! Do not get a spring-loaded one. The digital scales are more accurate. I had an old-fashioned spring scale and pitched it as soon as I was given a digital one.
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2/21/13 3:34 P
BUNNYKICKS love your idea of guessing the serving size before weighing.
2/21/13 3:30 P
it's not weird and it's not just you!
I have a VERY difficult time eyeballing portion sizes.
I have been having fun playing guessing games with my ingredients before i weigh them - "I think these apple slices will weigh.... 50 grams" (weighs: 92 grams). "I think this pork chop is... at least 4 ounces" (weighs: 2.75 ounces).
I figure if i keep doing this, eventually I'll get better at recognizing how much i have in my hand or on my plate, without having to double-check with the scale each and every time. But for now - scale all the way!
Digital definitely! WAY more accurate. I use mine multiple times a day.
A side note though, just because it says its 2oz serving size... doesn't mean you have to eat that amount, if 1.5oz fits better, or 3 oz to get enough protein... those serving sizes are meaningless if you are counting calories and watching your nutrients required like protein/fat/carbs
2/21/13 2:38 P
There's some information about food scales on this thread:
I am thinking about getting a food scale to weigh food so I know if I have too much or too little for a serving. An example would be lunch meat, the package says how many ounces the package is but not the meat. 2 oz. is a serving but I dont know how many pieces of lunchmeat that is. Its the same for pasta or noodles and other foods that can be hard to measure into a serving in conventional liquid or dry measuring cups. If anyone has experience with food scales or can recommend one, it would be appreciated. Also whether to get a digital scale a regular spring type one.
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