Hey Angels and Alphas,
While we can all agree that a food scale weight loss tool is not as flashy or expensive as that new fitness activity tracker or some new workout gear, it still remains one of the strongest secret weapons in the weight loss world.
We always suggest everyone keep a food scale around and use it occasionally when they need to get an idea of how much they’re truly consuming of a given food.
Food labels don’t always come with the right calorie counts, and let’s face it, most of us are absolutely terrible at guessing portion sizes.
That’s why weighing your food remains the single best way to ensure you’re keeping an accurate and productive food journal and that you’re staying in the right calorie range for shedding pounds.
THE BENEFITS OF FOOD SCALES FOR WEIGHT LOSS
WEIGHT LOSS HAPPENS WHEN YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH YOU’RE EATING
And using a food scale helps you eliminate the guesswork.
We’ve talked a lot about using food diaries, and how this is a science-backed method to lose weight consistently.
But one of the most common complaints I hear from people is that they’re not exactly sure how accurate their food logging is. And how could they be, considering calorie counts are often inaccurate?
With a food scale, however, you’ll always make sure you’re recording exactly the right amount of food for each portion. As you learn how much (or how little) you’re actually eating, you can then adjust your calories via changing up the grams of macronutrients so you can best support weight loss.
FOOD SCALES HELP YOU LEARN HOW TO PINPOINT PORTION SIZES (which helps weight loss, as well.)
If you’re just starting out your journey toward weight loss and fat loss, things such as food scales and measuring cups will help you learn how to eyeball portion sizes.
As a general rule of thumb, people often think they’re eating much less than they actually are. Oils, added sugars, salt, sugary drinks, and other additives and calorie-dense foods tend to rack up your calorie count pretty quickly without you having any idea this is happening.
That’s when food scales become an eye-opener. When you’ve had the experience of weighing 4 ounces of steak or 100 grams of veggies on your own, you will soon realize how easy it is to weight your food correctly, and you’ll become much better at eyeballing your portion sizes perfectly and avoid unnecessary calories.
FOOD SCALES OPEN YOUR EYES TO LIGHT FOODS
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m going to lose weight if I focus on eating X grams of leafy greens.” And then tried to weigh 200 grams of leafy greens? It’s quite the kicker.
Food scales show you how hard it is for you to overdo it on healthy food. As long as you’re not adding a ton of high-calorie dressings, fruits and veggies are almost impossible to overdo. In this situation, food scales become a reminder that we should be enjoying more healthy foods whenever possible.
FOOD SCALES SKYROCKET YOUR COOKING SKILLS (which also helps you lose weight.)
When it comes to cooking for weight loss, getting the right measurement is vital.
Two packaged items can have the same volume but vastly different weights depending on how they’re packaged. Only by using an accurate measurement before cooking can you ensure that you’re putting in the right amount of every ingredient (and nutrient) inside your meal.
Using a food scale is a guaranteed way to ensure your recipes succeed, and a great way to realize you have more room to reward yourself with (healthy) treats.
HOW DO I FIND THE PERFECT FOOD SCALE FOR MY WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
Here are a few things to look out for when searching for a food scale:
- A large surface area that can fit plates and bowls
- Measurements in both ounces and grams
- A tare weight button that sets the weight at zero (so you can place it in default when adding food to a container, so you’re not measuring the container as well)
And while I won’t go into personal recommendations, following these 4 simple guidelines will ensure you find the best food scale to get the job done.
USING YOUR FOOD SCALE FOR WEIGHT LOSS
All you have to do is place your new food scale on a *flat* surface. Give it a few seconds and press the tare weight function to zero-out before you put any food on top.
Weighing your food before cooking is the ideal way to go, but don’t forget that it’s much more important to be consistent with it than get it right down to the milligram.
When it comes to how often you should use it, that’s entirely up to you.
There’s no right amount, but generally, the more, the better until the point when measuring food becomes an obsession. Whether you’re looking for weight loss success or you just want to craft the perfect meal, make sure you’re using your food scale to your benefit.
Overdoing it will just make you start obsessing over everything you eat which isn’t an ideal scenario… don’t obsess over the scale; just use it as a resource to get to where you want to go.