How to measure food
- 11-02-2008, 08:09 PM
How to measure food
Is there a special type of scale or instrument that I can use to measure and tell me how many calories, carbs etc, I am consuming when I put a meal together. I have been kind of winging it, by using non or low fat stuff like milk cheese. I only eat egg whites, and chicken that is skinless. I do all my cooking, no salt, no oil or if I do, use olive or pam. I would really like to start keeping accurate track of my intake.
- 11-02-2008, 08:17 PM
11-02-2008, 08:35 PM
go to bed bath and beyond or linens and things or buy online this scale
if you keep your eyes out in your mail, there is usually a 20% off a single item or $5 off coupon from them once a month. Its sensitive to 1g but has a max capability of 7lbs. so you can put a plate or bowl on it, zero it out and measure accurately
11-02-2008, 08:37 PM
11-02-2008, 09:31 PM
11-02-2008, 09:34 PM
just a funny thing to share with the scale, it seems I underestimated the weight of meats I was taking, overestimated the weights of veggies, and was freakin dead on with pb. I mean seriously, I can flop out 40g of pb with a butterknife consistently. bizarre
11-04-2008, 03:54 PM
Main problem with a scale is that the caloric value of carbs, fat, and protein is different.
protein 4 cals per gram
carbs 4 cals per gram
fat 9 cals per gram
water 0 calories
so for a food to estimate the calories, it would haev to know the exact breakdown of protein/carbs/fat to calculate that versus weight.
I mention water bc i once weighed my lunch to be amazed that it weighed over 1 lb... then i realized i had a large plate of rice (carries a lot of water weight).
As mentioned, the best route is cross reference the Nutrition Facts on the label versus the weight of the food on your plate.
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