Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Weigh or Measure Your Portions?

Hello everyone!

There is something I have been wondering for a while- when it comes to measuring portions for weight loss, what is better- measuring cups or a food scale?

Which of these is the best way to measure? It depends!

According to, the method of measuring really depends on how spot-on you need to be about your portions.  The article says the gold standard of portion sizes is weighing. However, weighing is more for when you need to be very exact- examples would be bodybuilders preparing for competition, clinical studies involving calorie monitoring, etc.  Most people can get by on the measuring cup method, which is easier.

As for me, I actually like weighing, I do have a food scale at home.  I have also noticed that a lot of recipes (from other countries) actually list weights of food that go into a recipe rather than the measuring cup amounts. I found a recipe from Japan that called for 500 grams of potatoes, for example.

So, the method to use really depends on your preferences.  If you really need stringent control or you just prefer weighing, go right ahead! Otherwise, using a measuring cup will do fine too.

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