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7/22/2014 (9 months ago)

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Device helps measures caloric intake per serving

In any effort to lose weight, determining the calories per serving is an essential way to track food intake. A food scale can help any dieter find out how much of their favorite foods they can eat. 

The best food scale, then, is within your budget; has numbers you can read easily; has a cup or bowl large enough to hold the food you need to weigh; and is easy to clean and store.

The best food scale, then, is within your budget; has numbers you can read easily; has a cup or bowl large enough to hold the food you need to weigh; and is easy to clean and store.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/22/2014 (9 months ago)

Published in Home & Food

Keywords: Food scale, diet, plan, servings, nutrition


LOS ANGELES, ca (Catholic Online) - Experts agree that a good way to keep yourself honest is to use a food scale. Many people normally eat servings that are much larger than recommended amounts. A food scale helps the dieter to stop eating more than what was originally planned.

"I definitely promote food scales," Liz Weinandy, RD, MPH says. Weinandy is a dietitian in the non-surgical weight-loss program at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.

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Weinandy says that a food scale can be used for any meal plan or diet that specifies a serving size in ounces. A national survey of more than 6,000 adults found that people who measured their food were more successful at losing weight than those who didn't.

Measuring food is an important part of learning about correct serving sizes, and therefore a food scale will show the portion that the dieter thought was four ounces may actually weigh eight ounces.

Weinandy also stresses that a food scale is only one of the measuring tools you will need. Measuring cups and spoons are also essential diet implements. Food scales are best for meat, which should weigh in at 3 ounces per serving, and cheese, 1.5 ounces per serving. Cups are best for cooked pasta or rice, a serving is 1/2 cup, and fruits and vegetables.

Food is generally measured after it is cooked. A food scale may also be useful if the dieter is preparing meals using meal plans or recipes that specify certain weights of ingredients.

Dieters can take along your measuring cups and scales when eating out, but this may prove to be cumbersome. Weinandy prefers teaching dieters about visual comparisons that can help guide their recognition of serving sizes on their plate.

A serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards, Weinandy says, and a serving of pasta should fit in the palm of your hand.

"I really focus on those [images] because people can visualize them when they are out and about," Weinandy says.

A food scale used consistently in the home will allow users to measure their food portions by sight. Data has proven that exposure to correct serving sizes does help people make better choices in restaurant settings, too.

Food scales range from a small plastic cup on a small plastic base to old-fashioned metal scales with weights and measures to expensive, programmable digital scales that can give you the full nutritional information for each serving size.

The best food scale, then, is within your budget; has numbers you can read easily; has a cup or bowl large enough to hold the food you need to weigh; and is easy to clean and store.

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