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8/4/09 1:45 P

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Anyone have an opinion on the "biggest loser" digital scale?

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BAFEL815 Posts: 105
8/4/09 12:44 P

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I usually measure at first, or any time I'm not sure. Some things like milk, I measure in a measuring cup and then I see where it hits on the glass, then I use the same glass for milk all the time so I don't have to measure it in the future. I should get a scale that would really help with meat.

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7/30/09 6:22 A

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I have made plans to go to BB and B with a friend this weekend.

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7/29/09 5:26 P

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Measure all the way. The only time I eyeball is when I am out for a meal. I found that my eyeballing is always WAY off, and measuring things out has been very effective for me. I got my scale for under $10 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (gotta love their coupons!)... is it the best scale ever? Probably not, but it gives me a much better idea of the measurement than me guessing!

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7/29/09 1:37 P

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thanks maybe I will check them out this weekend.

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7/28/09 12:46 P

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I have a digital scale that I use to measure high calorie items like cheese, beef, etc. I eyeball low calorie items like fruits and veggies.

I got my scale at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and love it.

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7/27/09 11:17 P

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I have a digital Chefmate that wasn't expensive. I got it either at Walmart or Target.


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7/27/09 4:22 P

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anyone have a good scale to recommend?

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7/27/09 1:56 P

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i end up eyeballing and usually do okay, unless i'm just not thinking. i haven't made it into a habit yet, so its a bit tougher

I'm a nerd out of habit, not out of spite.

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Hello,

I wanted to recommend Bethenny Frankel's Naturally Thin book. She has a huge section about what an appropriate size is and it is so much smaller than I had hoped. For example, when eating calorie dense foods like nuts or ice cream use a ramekin for one portion. When you eat rice or pasta she recommends eating it from a small Japanese rice bowl. Another helpful hint is using smaller plates so it looks like you are eating more. Hope this helps.

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7/27/09 10:28 A

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I have to admit that I haven't been measuring! Last night I couldn't sleep and I layed in bed thinking about what I can do to help myself lose. Portion control is the key!

I'm going to start measuring and see if that helps!

Thanks everyone for the great replies!

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SNOOPYSPARK Posts: 74
7/26/09 10:44 P

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I have been eyeballing, but after reading all these replies, I'm thinking that I need to start measuring. Maybe that's why I'm not getting the results that I was hoping for. I think I will start measuring with the rest of you and see how it goes.

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7/26/09 6:25 P

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I have learned that my eyeballs are very off! I now measure everything, but am learning what certain things look like, so eventually I will be be able to do a much more accurate "eyeball"

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7/26/09 5:14 P

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Throught the use of measuring cups and spoons I lost an amazing 90#s. I can eyeball pretty good, usually under the actual amount, using the deck of cards, palm of your hand, fist measurements...I use these measurements when eating out. But at home I use measuring devices. I just recently starting measuring using scales and have read before that this is the MOST accurate form of measurement. Now, like some of the others on here, I too have become very relaxed in my measurements and I do not think I will EVER lose those last 15 pounds!! So it is BACK to the grind...I mean measuring devices!! lol

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7/26/09 2:54 P

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I eyeball everything, but really need to measure more!

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7/26/09 7:48 A

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I am in the habit of measuring all of the time. One of the benefits is that I now have recipes that I can share since I am a throw things together kind of cook.

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7/25/09 9:02 P

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Are you still losing? If you are, then your eyeballing is working. If you're not, then go back to measuring.
Sam

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7/25/09 8:40 P

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I agree! Measure!


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7/23/09 1:15 P

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Thanks for posting great points everyone! I think I will be more vigilant about measuring now!

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7/23/09 12:28 P

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Thanks! You've talked me into it. I'm going to buy a little scale this weekend, and start measuring everything.

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7/23/09 8:17 A

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I measure just about everything. I do know how much my 4 oz of cottage cheese looks in the morning, so I only weigh it now occasionally. Most of the time I am within 0.1 of an ounce. :)

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7/22/09 11:56 P

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7/22/09 10:22 P

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I am a measuring gal through and through - especially my proteins to make sure I get enough. I admit I fudge things like ketchup and butter unless I am using a lot - then I even measure those!
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7/22/09 8:47 P

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I have started doing more measuring and I think it is helping.

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7/22/09 8:36 P

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I absolutely believe portion is everything, and as stated already, I think you have to measure. It is definitely good to measure some, if anything just to not trust your eyes. Remember, eyes bigger than our stomachs is how we got to where we are!
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I'm thinking my eyeballing is not working so good. I think I should start measuring again. Maybe this will be the weight loss key. Thank you!

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When I hit stage 2 I measured. I found out that my eyeballing was not working well. Now I do eyeball a lot but still measure now and again to make sure I am seeing correctly!

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Measure, measure, measure. I swear by it. I do it most of the time, but also know the "deck of cards", etc. If I measure all the time, when I do need to eyeball, I am more realistic about it. When I eyeball too much, portions get bigger and bigger, and I get out of the measure habit. Invest in a little scale, and a bunch of sets of measuring spoons and cups. Most of all, you need to do what works consistently for you, and is honest.

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7/22/09 11:17 A

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I was going to mention the article about serving sizes compared to everyday items (really!). I should measure more but I usually eyeball it!

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7/22/09 11:08 A

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I don't measure things out anymore, but I did for a long, long time. Somewhere on the site there is an article that shows how to determine correct food amounts as compared to common items (ex. a deck of cards is about the size of the piece of meat you should eat). It really helped me out to see those comparisons. Good luck - and BTW, your babies are beautiful!

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7/22/09 9:09 A

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When I am prepping food at home I have been measuring EVERYTHING out. It is amazing how off we can be sometimes when we eyeball. At least it was true for me. Now that I have been vigilantly measuring, my eyeballings are much more accurate, and I do that when I need to - when in public for example. I was eating much more than I realized, and measuring helps to raise awareness of what we are putting into our mouth. Sometimes I still eat that much, but I am no longer fooling myself! I have a simple counter scale from a Target/Walmart type place, as well as measuring cups and spoons. I still get tripped up because sometimes the items are listed on food tracker on cups/tablespoons, other times in grams. Good luck!

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7/22/09 8:52 A

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Now that I've moved on to Stage 2, I need to think about portion control. Thus far, I've just been eyeballing my portions. However, I'm wondering if I should try to be more exact.

Do you measure your food? Or do you have a quicker, more accurate method for measuring your portions? Thanks!

Laurie

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