Lately, I’ve seen a real emphasis across social media on people getting back into shape at the sign of the world getting back to “normal.” I too am on a weight loss journey to shed these stubborn few pounds gained in quarantine (and post-Thanksgiving). What I’m learning is that fit bodies really are produced in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter how many times a week, I attend my boot camp weight training classes, if I’m not properly fueling my body in a well-balanced way (leafy greens, vegetables, protein, and water) all my fitness efforts will be in vein.
After all, experts say the key to weight loss is 80% diet and 20% fitness, so it was time to find a tool to help me perfect my diet.
After extensive research and advise from a dietitian, I discovered that when trying to lose weight, the best thing to do is adjust your portions to fit your goals. And the easiest way to do this? You guessed it, a food scale. Food scales not only measure for accuracy but will save you time in counting out each individual thing you are using or opting into a fitness calorie tracking app where you might have to guess how many ounces or serving sizes you’ve had.
To help me with my diet, I recently invested in a digital food scale by KitchenAid. For $30, it’s been the perfect way to track my intake. The easy-to-see display shows weight in grams (helpful in reducing my caloric intake to lose weight) and the simplistic, stainless steel design matches well with my kitchen décor.
Why it’s awesome
Where previously I was either eating way too little or way too much of a cheat meal, using the scale has really helped me to better understand portion sizes — which has ultimately helped me stay full longer and not reach for something bad.
It’s also done wonders for my eating plan on things I can’t control as easily, like dining out. Now that I can eye measure my food, I am more aware of how many calories and ounces things are and won’t necessarily order a pasta or something that’s super sized — choosing something more balanced instead.
And if you are wondering if weighing your food feels too calculated or tedious, you wouldn’t be wrong. It’s definitely not for everyone and can occasionally feel restrictive, but I’ve noticed that knowing how to measure out my portions has been one of my greatest resources in shedding off the pounds I gained throughout the pandemic.
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