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My best purchase (after the athletic shoes) was a gram/ounce scale I found at Bed Bath and Beyond. I weigh foods now and can stop guessing at portion sizes. Get out those measuring cups too! When you're really hungry, it's easy to guess wrong.
I bought an electric food scale with a good sized removable surface that is easy to wash. The scale stays on the kitchen counter, Instead of estimating I weigh my portions. This has really helped with eating the right serving size and getting an immediate visual of how much common foods weigh. Now when I eat out I have that image in my head and it keeps me on target.
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