Are you eating the right portion sizes at meal time? Are you sure? Do you know how big a serving size is when you see it on your plate? You might be surprised at how inaccurate your guessing is. The reason is that most foods are measured by weight and not by volume. As a result, simply looking at those foods might be giving you the wrong impression regarding how many sugars, calories, fats, carbs, proteins, fiber and other nutrients they contain.
When you’re eating non-liquid foods, a scale can actually be a far better measure for you than using cups and spoons. After all, when you look at the label for your box of cereal, bag of flour or even when you buy a bell pepper, they’re all measured and priced by weight. There’s a reason that the food producers and manufacturers measure food that way. Moreover, the nutrition label on the package is typically based on that same measure. However, because we can’t accurately measure weight right down to the gram or ounce just by holding something in our hands, we tend to gauge a serving by volume, instead.
With most non-liquid foods, this doesn’t do us any favors. It usually means that we’re getting far too much or too little of what we want. After all, when you measure a cup of strawberries, they don’t all fit perfectly into the measuring cup, meaning that there is a lot of “air” in the gaps that you’re counting as calories. Equally, when you measure a cup of spinach, do you leave it loose or pack it down? And when you decide how much steak you want to eat; can you really assume that a piece the size of a deck of playing cards is going to weigh the same amount as the last one you had? When you consider how many calories are in an ounce of steak and how many nutrients are in a leaf of spinach, you can see how quickly your food tracking can be derailed by failing to use a food scale.
Today’s digital food scales are small, sleek, very simple to use, accurate and easy to clean. As a result, you can leave one on your countertop and use it regularly to measure your ingredients and portion sizes. After the first couple of days it will become strikingly clear how inaccurate all your serving measurements have been until this point. This means that a large amount of the calorie recording you’ve been doing was also likely inaccurate.
By using a food scale, you’ll know exactly how much you’re eating and will be able to track with greater precision. This can only be good news to your efforts to lose weight.