Controlling portion size in relation to serving size is important for losing weight. Uncontrolled portion size is directly linked with American obesity, as reported by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Controlling portion size is not always possible just by guessing or eyeballing. Not knowing specifically how much food or how much calorie we are consuming can negatively affect body weight. It is important to know portion size specifically or accurately. Just guesswork in portion control can result in significant difference between how much we think we are eating and how much we are actually eating. Using food scale can help us know accurately how much food or calories we are consuming. This can help reach weight loss goal. Following are some tips regarding how to use a food scale.
Step one is about choosing a type of scale. There are both digital scale and weight scale to choose from. Digital scale can give accurate measurement using numbers that are easy to read. There is also another option, which is weigh scale. Choosing an affordable digital scale may be a good idea. A digital scale with a bowl or a cup for holding food is even better.
Step two is about using the manual. Some scales may not have manual. It is good to choose one with a manual. Some digital scales are equipped with advanced features regarding calorie measurement and nutritional values. It is useful to read the manual. Reading the manual is helpful in understanding the scale has advanced or particular features.
Step three is about zeroing out the scale. For digital scale, zeroing out is as simple as turning the scale on and waiting until the display shows zero. For weight scale, it requires to turn the knob to zero on the scale.
Step four is about weighing the container or bowl which will hold the food to be weighed. Knowing weight of the container can help determine true weight of the food. Deducting container’s weight from the number the scale registers with food, can reveal actual weight of the food. Some scales may have feature that automatically counts and deducts weight of the container. Reading manual or instructions can help use this feature.
Step five is about placing food portion in the container of the scale. If it is a digital scale, the weight will be displayed automatically. Some digital scale may require us to enter a code that is indicative of the type food being measured on the scale. Reading manufacturer’s instruction can help get a correct reading. If it is weighing food on a weight scale, waiting for few moments for the scale to settle, can help read the weight.
Step six is about deducting weight of the container from the reading, when necessary, to get the final measurement of weight of the food.
Step seven is about whether to weigh food before or after cooking. Experts have differing opinion on when to weigh food. What is in practice generally, is weighing meat after cooking. Vegetables, fruits or other items that inflate after cooking, are usually weighed before cooking. There is another option, which involves weighing food both before and after cooking. This option allows us to see how a serving portion of a particular food looks like in both states.
Knowing how to use to a food scale is useful. Using food scale can make weight loss effort more effective. Learning serving sizes for different types of food in addition to using a food scale, can help do portion control accurately.
Last update: January 07, 2018 09:56:09 am