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KKAZEBEER Posts: 113
5/3/13 7:09 P

I use my digital scale & measuring cups/ spoons.

5/3/13 7:07 P

I've tried the scale and the divided plate method.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
5/3/13 12:42 P

My kitchen scale is also a digital postal scale. I bought it through Amazon for a reasonable price (I don't remember the dollar amount). It measures in standard (American) scale and metric, with a capacity of 15 lbs (!). It also has a tare feature, which is great. It's very small, so it fits easily on my limited counterspace - and stays out where I can use it (and have no excuses for NOT using it - lol) The only marking I see, so far as manufacturer, is "MyWeigh". Whether that's the model or the mfr, I have no idea.

Here's a link to the model I have, currently available on Amazon:

Edited by: EXOTEC at: 5/3/2013 (12:54)
5/2/13 2:22 P

I love my food scale--it weighs grams, ounces, and lbs, and is super handy. I use measuring cups all the time (I have two sets), and it really keeps me on track. I use the smallest plate/bowl possible (except for salads, I like to have a lot of room to mix those...), and I always (ALWAYS) eat the vegetables first (a habit from when I hated them).
My doctor told me when I started expressing a desire to lose weight, that I should eat 5-6 servings of fruit and vegetables the size of my fist, everyday. I'm guessing that was so I'd be too stuffed to eat anything else, and if so, it

NENATO2 SparkPoints: (185,008)
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5/2/13 1:57 P

I never thought I would do it, but 6 years ago I started measuring my food. I use a digital scale that can weigh in either grams or ounces, measuring cups and spoons.

It really is a habit for me now and I know it helps me stay on track.

ELENGIL Posts: 957
5/2/13 1:47 P

One portion control method I started a while ago (even before Spark) was to get smaller dishes. I eat dinner on salad plates, vegetable soups and salad out of large bowls, grains and pastas in small bowls or as the small portion of the plate, desserts in *very* small bowls. It's sort of a quick way to reset your sizes.

Now I have a small kitchen scale I keep on the counter (so never need to dig it out) and measure by weight things like meats and pastas.

The most important thing to remember is to use a method you can stick with, because no method will work if it isn't used! :)

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
5/2/13 1:44 P

I use a $20 Taylor scale that I got either from Amazon or Target. It measures in grams or ounces, has a tare function (so you can put a plate on it and set it to zero, and start adding your food), and is accurate enough for mailing purposes as well!

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
5/2/13 1:37 P

I have a couple of scales that I use to weigh food. The newest one is from Amazon and it's an EatSmart kitchen scale. It weighs in grams and ounces. I think it was $25.

ALICIAW102406 SparkPoints: (181)
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5/2/13 11:38 A

emoticon Thanks everyone so many great ideas!!

I see kitchen scale being thrown out a lot .. can you all tell me what you use? there are so many types an kinds!! it is overwhelming an I don't have the money to buy it more than once but seriously need it!

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
4/28/13 4:00 A

I use my kitchen (postal!) scale a lot. Of course, the usual measuring cups and spoons. Also, a standard ice-cream scoop is about "a serving" of most things which fit in it. Not as accurate as the scale, but serves its purpose.

4/28/13 12:19 A

The only things I use are measuring cups/spoons and the scale. I can't do the 'eyeball' test because I can't seem to remember them, so I just look up the serving size and weigh accordingly. I don't have the money to eat out so I don't have to worry about eyeballing anyway. After measuring for a while you'll pretty much figure out how much is a serving.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,333)
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4/27/13 11:33 P

My TWO portion control gadgets are:

* Digital Scales in grams (doesn't cost very much)

* My HAND (costs nothing so long as it doesn't get amputated - LOL!)


WORDWOMAN7 SparkPoints: (11,240)
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4/27/13 11:26 P

My favorite tool is a very nice kitchen scale. I also use measuring cups and measuring spoons. So far, that has taken care of all our needs!

PUNKYB830 Posts: 5,295
4/27/13 11:24 P

My fav is a portion control plate set up like the governments my plate that replaced the pyramid. Its in the baby section at walmart for $2.88 it is the munchkin brand. Been a real life savor for someone who hates measuring.

RJBKY67 Posts: 58
4/27/13 9:14 P

I love gadgets! I guess the most helpful to me is the scales. It's amazing how much difference there is between the size of a measured portion and guessing!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,259
4/27/13 12:44 A

The Dollar Tree has plastic Measuring Cups 1/4 cup to 1 full cup for $1

On Amazon or E-bay you can get a potion control sectioner for $8.50 which fits in most plates and is dishwasher safe...

If you think this will help you maintain and learn portion control...invest!

However this may help you meantime
A deck of cards is about the size of a 3-4 ounce portion of meat, fish, poultry, or 1/2 cup of starch.... such as rice or cut-up fruit.
A baseball or tennis ball is the size of a piece of fruit about 80 calories
The size of an Apricot or plum around 40-60 calories
The palm of an average woman's hand equals about 4 ounces or 1/2 cup.
A fist equals about 1 cup.
A thumb is about 1 tablespoon.
The tip of the thumb to the first knuckle is about 1 teaspoon.
Pasta, the size of a quarter, raw is 200 calories
48 calories in 1 ounce of lean roast beef
There are 58 calories in 1 ounce of Meat Loaf (97% lean ground beef)
Lamb 3 ounces 237 calories
lean pork chop 172 calories
Canadian Bacon 33 calories per slice
There are 35 calories in 1 ounce of boneless Chicken Breast.
Approx 38 calories in each 1 oz of turkey breast, skin removed

HERE_ONCE_AGAIN SparkPoints: (792)
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4/27/13 12:11 A

its day 2 for me and I already like my gadgets

1- Chopsticks, they help to slow down the eating process and for anyone who barely chews and shovels in the food faster than lightning, Chopsticks help
p.s. sliding the food in the mouth using chopsticks is considered shoveling. you have to pick up the morsels.
2-Measuring cups, I already see a difference in using them in portion control.
1/2 cup is a serving and 1 cup is two servings

3- measuring spoons,using them to avoid eyeballing certain foods like sugar and honey
4- Medium platter, I have a platter that is oval and works for me. When I use the same platter, I am building up routine on portion control, which is my weakness

These are helping me and I am so psyched for tomorrow to start. Its was a good day

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
4/26/13 9:54 P

I don't really use "gadgets", just a regular old Taylor brand digital scale I got at Target, measuring cups and spoons.

However, I LOVE using them. Seriously. I love weighting my food, or measuring out oils or other items. It gives me a sense of control over my life and lifestyle and I do it all the time. I also find that the weight measurement of items (like hummus) is generally pretty different than the tablespoon or cup measurements, so weight is much more accurate.

ALICIAW102406 SparkPoints: (181)
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4/26/13 9:51 P

I was wondering if anyone uses these items? I found some cool items on amazon that can help me figure out what portions I should be eating but I don't want to wasn't money if they are not worth it.

if so can you recommend some of the gadgets you find the most helpful? an why?


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