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The electronic weighing scales.......


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Today I went out & invested in an electronic weighing scales ( Yep I was still living in the dark ages with the dial one). Holy lord were my little eyes opened...

2 measly little spuds which wouldnt feed my 6 year old - 269 g........ I nearly choked....

1 scrape is all I would call it of cheddar 22g - you could see through it...

1 banana I would have said about 100g max was 155g.

So I think & maybe some of you will disagree - We can eat healthy all we like & diet till the cows come home but it really is about portion control... Lord only knows how many extra g's I was eating with extra kcals. I was estimating things with my little eyes as lets say 100g & was prob easily 2 or 3times that amount.

Anyone want to throw their tuppance worth in on this one.... I seriously was so shocked when I started weighing things around the kitchen. Ive been sticking to what I believed was 1200-1300 a day & losing nothing - I was prob eating double that. God Im so ashamed for all the moaning & questions Ive asked on the forums when it was as basic as - YOU HAVENT A CLUE HOW MUCH YOU ARE EATING......

Mortified!!

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Hi Jenny!

I second that absolutely!

I always measure with cups: things like rice, sauces, cereal. Today I cooked long grain rice. 1 cup is supposed to be 150 g (200 cal). Well... it was one cup all right, but it weighed 250 g on my food scale and that comes to a whopping 325 cal!

It's really important to not only measure but weigh food on an electronic scale! It makes a huge difference! I even weigh my sliced apples now and even there it makes a difference of 10, 20 or even 30 cal. Add that up and you can easily be 100 or 200 cals off each day!

 

 

But Ive also realised i have been over estimating weight on stuff 200. 7 mini chicken fillets weighed 152g - the largest portion of chicken i think i have ever eaten. Tonights dinner was 152g pure fresh chicken fillet, 210g boiled rice & 200g cauliflower. The plate is enormous - I mean over flowing - largest portion of a dinner i have ever had - But.... of the right things.....

so the new " religious" tool in the kitchen from now on.....thanks for recommending it

I bought a really good digital scale a couple of months ago, and it's one of the best investments I've ever made.  I use it practically every day because I weigh or measure EVERYTHING I eat.  It's been a real Godsend.  And, as an added note, I sometimes mail things to my brother that weigh more than a regular stamp will cover, soooo I use my scale to weigh mail, too! 

I can totally relate to this. Exercise all you like, eat double the portion, that will be 80 mins at the gym instead of 40. Its so not worth it. Every 50 g on the scales may be an hour on the tread mill, or pushing those weights for an extra 30 mins. Weigh everything, we can guess forever! It doesn't work.

Original Post by robin9395:

I bought a really good digital scale a couple of months ago, and it's one of the best investments I've ever made.  I use it practically every day because I weigh or measure EVERYTHING I eat.  It's been a real Godsend.  And, as an added note, I sometimes mail things to my brother that weigh more than a regular stamp will cover, soooo I use my scale to weigh mail, too! 

robin...what scale do you have? Thanks!

Hi, Rebecca.  I got it online.  Here's the link to it.  Before I purchased it, I checked reviews on many scales and this had great reviews. http://cgi.ebay.com/Soehnle-Digital-Kitchen-S cale-Silver_W0QQitemZ300349570930QQcmdZViewIt emQQptZSmall_Kitchen_Appliances_US?hash=item4 5ee3abf72&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Of course, there are many great scales out there, but this is the one I decided on.  And, I've been very pleased with it.  It weighs in both ounces/pounds AND grams.

Thanks for the link, robin! I have a mechanical scale & I'm not happy with it...I look forward to getting the one you suggested/have. :)
Original Post by mermaid3011:

Hi Jenny!

I second that absolutely!

I always measure with cups: things like rice, sauces, cereal. Today I cooked long grain rice. 1 cup is supposed to be 150 g (200 cal). Well... it was one cup all right, but it weighed 250 g on my food scale and that comes to a whopping 325 cal!

Umm for things like rice, actually for most things, you should weight them before cooking. Depending on how much water it absorbs end weight will vary, but dry weight is what it is. In other words same 40 grams of dry rice can expand to 200 or 250 grams, doesn't mean one has more Calories then the other since both started as 40g of dry rice.

UD

Terrific, Rebecca!!!  And, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I've enjoyed mine.  I might add, not only is it extremely useful, but I think it's pretty cool looking, too.  Laughing

& small enough to fit into the press lol ( with all the other tons of useless gadgets).

Funny though I had my mother estimating weights of foods this morning & true enough she was way way over too - so wheres she off to ...... to buy the same scale lol

I bought a weighting scale at William Sonoma - it cost about $50.00.  I use it almost every day - it's the greatest - I'm getting pretty good at estimating, but I almost always underestimate the weight.

I think it's key if you are really trying to stay at say, 1500 calories.

I agree, Joe.  It's sooooo easy to under estimate what you're eating.  I'd rather take the time to weigh or measure.  My scale is one of the best purchases I've made in many years.  Laughing

It annoys the crap out of me when my best friend doesn't understand why she's not losing anymore weight, when she never weighs her food or tries not to eat too much before going out, but ends up ordering a garbage load of nachos or a  "personal" pizza after the night ends.  Hello people: you know what to do to lose weight, so JUST DO IT.

Yep, yep, yep.  Sounds like she's just not totally committed to losing, yet.  It took me forever to buckle down and REALLY get with it myself.  Of course, I could kick myself now for having waited so long.  Maybe, with some very subtle encouragement she'll eventually realize what she's doing.   My former boss would be so very careful what she ate during the day, work out in the mornings before work and sometimes at lunch, but then blow it at night.  I told her many times about CC, but . . . . . .

Good luck with your friend.  I hope she'll eventually realize what she's doing and WHY she's not losing weight.

Right after I wrote that, I decided that I'm going to buy her a food scale and measuring cups for her belated bday. She wont take offense to it bc we are both very weight loss  focused right now. Yup, told her about cc.com several times myself and nothing. Her and another friend of mine are in front of the computer all day too...no excuses.

Thanks for the luck. Hope this works (sidenote: she complains about a friend of HERS that doesn't try hard enough...oh boy. time for a newsflash lol).

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