Food scales, do you use them and how do you like it?

By DiabeticizMe Latest Reply 2008-09-18 08:42:11 -0500
Started 2008-08-09 07:46:01 -0500

I wanted to know if anyone here faithfully uses a food scale and how do you like it? Does it help you at all? What brand do you use? I am trying to decide if I want to buy one because I have a little trouble measuring my dinner meals.

22 replies

Ani 2008-09-18 08:42:11 -0500 Report

I was wondering were do you get a food scale. I realy think it could help me.

Kimberly Smith
Kimberly Smith 2008-08-16 13:09:52 -0500 Report

Yes, at home I religiously use a food scale to accurately figure portions and nutritional information. When eating out, I'm pretty good at estimating portions. I think this is because I am weighing foods all the time at home. It's easy for portion sizes to creep up if I'm not careful. The scale I use is the Eat Smart Nutrition Scale. It is compact enough that it stores inside my cabinet when not in use, but also large enough to hold a full-size plate. It comes with a database of 999 of the most common foods so that you can figure out your nutritional information easily. It also has the ability to calculate information using the nutrition facts labels that are present on many foods. You can add or subtract food portions on the scale to reach a desired nutritional level. Foods can be measured in grams or ounces. It gives a wide variety of information, including calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, potassium, magnesium, total fats, saturated fats, cholesterol, calcium, protein, and Vitamin K. I got mine through and feel it is one of the best purchases I have made. I'm about 2 1/2 months post diagnosis and have lost 22 pounds. My glucose levels are doing great.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-08-15 07:41:03 -0500 Report

used one for about a week, if you decide use it for yourself, when you are eating alone,As we in America ,in the past have been fooled be the food industry.but now with food lables,We find we can't eat the whole bag, we were supposed to eat 10 pieces,try that scale on guests or family and you will be accused of intentionally starving them, Although It will cut down on dinner guests.

kdroberts 2008-08-14 08:59:59 -0500 Report

I used to use a scale all the time but after a while you can get pretty good at visually "weighing" stuff. I still use the scale a fair bit but mainly for foods that portion size is critical for me. Ice cream and chips are the main ones. I have to get my portion just right or it all goes wrong! Cups I can do without, they just aren't accurate enough for me.

My pick for a scale is the My Weigh 7001DX and would recommend it to everyone. Old Will Knott Scales is the best place to buy it from in my opinion as well. If you do buy one, I recommend getting the A/C adapter to go with it. For less than $5 at Old Will's it's a steal.

butterfly_8 2008-08-14 08:34:29 -0500 Report

I use a measuring cup at all times, but I think I will buy a scale for measuring cooked chicken or turkey.I probably will cut down a little by not having a chance to

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-08-14 08:04:26 -0500 Report

I like the food scale. It comes in handy for some foods that are tough to count any other way. Here's an article I wrote a little while ago where I talk about how we've used a food scale.

For me, the scale is most helpful for counting the carbs in homemade foods.

I'm also a big believer in using measuring cups. It's pretty tough to tell the difference between 3/4 cup and 1 cup of brown rice. But that 1/4 cup difference can make a big difference in blood sugar.

gogobob 2008-08-14 01:12:38 -0500 Report

…I do not use one. it isdue to i shake to much and the last one i had I got mad at it and threw it out the open window . good thing it was spring not winter. with the parkinsons and trying to cook it get so frustating that I give up to easy. so I stay with the simple things when cooking.

DiabetesDiva 2008-08-14 05:57:04 -0500 Report

I don't use one. I've learned to recognize 1/2 cup or a portion of meat is the size of my palm. It's probably from all my years of cooking & baking.


Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-08-13 14:22:56 -0500 Report

I use a scale for almost everything worth eating that doesn't already come in a pre-measured amount. If I slice off a slab of cheese, I weigh it. My scale is an electronic Salter that one can zero after putting a container on it, and then zero again after putting one kind of food in it. Next to my scale is a calculator and a paper and pen. I use to track my eating, exercise, and weight (it's free) and can add my own foods to their data base. The program tracks ratio of protein, carbs, fats, and other nutrients, but is only as good as the information one enters for the foods that aren't in the data base.

My career has been in hospital and health care food service where it was often necessary to weigh foods for patient meals so doing this for myself was just an extension of my professional life. It is not a hassle, though taking time to record every item every day often gets overlooked even though my diet remains pretty even. My A1C remains steady at 5.7, and I've lost over 40 pounds (I do love food).

I like my scale so much that I've adjusted my baking to where I weigh most ingredients (like professional bakers do) because it's more accurate and easier to clean up afterward. Though I seldom eat much of what I bake anymore my family appreciate my contribution to the holiday feasts.

MidnightButterflyIris 2008-09-14 06:32:35 -0500 Report

i second the motion on the SALTER 1450 Nutri-Weigh. I Adore this scale! i find myself repeatedly saying to myself how much i love it and am glad i bought it at every single time i use it! it allows you to switch between units of measure whether grams or oz. or liquid measure etc.. you can get more info about it here..
(more expensive but has good info on it)

or at
(buy it here.. its cheaper!)

GabbyPA 2008-08-13 14:03:16 -0500 Report

I use a scale to weigh out meat for meal times. We buy from a local butcher and we divide our booty into portion baggies to make it easy to not use too much for a meal. I don't weigh too many other foods, but I use measuring cups. Be sure to measure liquid in a liquid cup and dry in a dry cup. The volume is different.
We eat a lot of raw foods, and usually I buy the smallest veggies and fruits I can. Smaller zucchini, turnips, sweet potatoes, apples, plumbs etc. It eliminates waste, as I usually just use a single veggie instead of measuring. Like my breakfast usually consists of 1 stalk of celery, 1 carrot, 1 small yellow squash and a bit of onion and a handful of fresh spinich and parsley. I don't measure it in cups, but I limit it to small elements.
I would say measure for a while to get an idea of what a portion looks like. Then do it every now and again, to remind yourself of what a portion looks like. My big culprets that I HAVE TO measure every time are rice, icecream, pasta and any white potatoes. My eyes always want to trick me on those items if you know what I mean. LOL

Charish 2008-08-13 14:15:04 -0500 Report

This is the way that I do my meats too. But only I don't use a scale I cut it in portion sizes that will fit in the palm of my hand. That's about the size that I'm allowed.

Jonathan - 13553
Jonathan - 13553 2008-08-13 04:21:37 -0500 Report

I use both a food scale and measuring cups, together with There are some foods that I have eaten so often that I know the carb content by sight, but I cannot do that for everything. My scale is the Cuisinart digital scale — there are plenty that have foods programmed in, but I find there are too many foods I will not be using, so that feature is confusing(one scale gives suggestions as you type in the food, so if you want to measure a banana, first you see a Baby Ruth — not exactly part of my diet).

I like calorie king — my nutritionist uses it, too — because the website lets you enter in the quantities in various measures and calculates all the relevant information.

GabbyPA 2008-08-13 13:53:55 -0500 Report

This website it good and it is also very eye opeing. It is good to visit often to remind us and it can be a great tool for meal planning.

DiabeticizMe 2008-08-13 17:10:53 -0500 Report

I love the calorie king!!! I use it a lot when I go out to dinner;) I try measuring by eye but some foods I can't seem to get down:)

DonnaAnn 2008-08-12 22:56:12 -0500 Report

I myself do not use a scale or a measuring cup. I use the side of the container the food comes in or I go by the paper work from my diabetic nurse.If the box or paper says 1 bowl or one cup, then that is what I have. If that is too much, I just cut it in half. If something says 4 servings, divide that the carbs by that, and it will tell you how many carbs in it for you.

seawolf1944 2008-08-13 02:33:42 -0500 Report

I don't use a scale for my food. I use measureing cups. The main thing,I do is when,I open a can of peas,corn or beans, I rinse them in a colander bowl. This eliminates most of the salt that,They add at the cannery. This keeps your sodium intake under control. John

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-08-12 14:04:20 -0500 Report

I've recently started using a scale to help me with my carb counting and I'm finding it a very helpful tool. If you can get a carb book that gives you weight in ounces or grams, it's awesome. Most of the time the serving sizes listed on foods isn't really precise enough, but weighing the food takes away the error.

I'm not perfect at it, but I'm trying to do it more and more and find the results pleasing when I do. I'd recommend that you get a small one that you can take with you places…

packrat 2008-08-09 12:10:54 -0500 Report

even using a scale can be a little difficult at times. I have found a combination of weight and volume measurements to work a little smoother for me. Some things like a piece of lean meat is easiest measured by weight. A half cup of peas (small serving) is easier than trying to do it with a scale. With time you will find out what works best for you. Some people are even able to measure by sight.

Charish 2008-08-09 10:49:59 -0500 Report

I've not used a scale for food portions but I do measure my portions to get the correct amounts. I have been told by my doctor about weighing certains things like chicken for example. I do plan to buy one but I just haven't at present.