Short version: GO GET YOU ONE! RIGHT NOW!
If you can get only ONE THING to help you manage your diet, a food scale is it!
Here is a bad pic of mine. It is the same one as the stock photo shown next to the title of this post, the EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale. This particular one is at the higher end of the price range for food scales, and has a lot of nifty features that frankly, I don’t really use. However, digital food scales are available at just about any major retailer (Walmart, Target, etc.), or from online sources for much less. I recently bought a nice looking bamboo-surface one for my daughter at Target for around $20. She does not have a weight problem, but she wanted one to help her be more accurate with baking, etc. Especially when she finds recipes that have the ingredients listed in gram weight. No more awkward conversions or guessing, since it turns out all that “the U.S. will completely convert to metric within 10 years!” propaganda that was pushed on us 1970′s elementary-schoolers was a bunch of hooey. But I digress…
This really is the single most important tool I have to help with controlling my diet. Portion sizes are a HUGE (no pun intended, ha!) issue for me, and a food scale solves that problem! Measuring cups/spoons do also work, but I’ve been surprised at how much a measured portion can vary compared to weighing it sometimes. And for me, every stinkin’ calorie counts! Even a fairly small difference in my daily calorie intake will make or break whether I lose any weight in a particular week or so. Especially now that I am *cough* well *cough* over 40. Also, most food packaging seems to list the serving size in gram weight, which can get a little tricky on some items when you want to get it right. Another problem solved by my trusty little scale. To repeat: GO GET YOU ONE!!!!!!!!
P.S. I have no affiliation whatsoever with the makers of the EatSmart Digital Scale, etc., etc. I shopped and paid for it myself and just love it!