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How Can I Track Home-Made Meals? A: Food Scales & Groupings


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Estimating calories in home-cooked meals can put you wildly off the mark. If you frequently make a dish, take the time to enter each ingredient and its weight as a Grouping.

Record ingredients' weight as you make it. Write it down on paper, you don't have to enter it while you're cooking! Put the total weight of the dish in the title as a reminder. Weigh your serving then divide that amount by the total recipe weight. Enter that percentage as the quantity of the Grouping when you track.

Get 3 scales: A large 7 x 7 scale, a medium one that can weigh up to 11 pounds, and a small scale precise to tenths of a gram.

Often Ill write the weight of the container in permanent ink on the bottom of a container, in case I forget to tare the scale before adding the food.
Weigh cool.
- Submitted by MYSTERYGEL 3/8/2013 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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GOT2BJIGGLEFREE 3/18/2013 1:32:00 PM

    On they have a recipe calculator. You plug in your ingredients, serving size and servings, and it calculates the nutritional info for you. You can also share your recipe if you want :)
DHOOSIER 3/16/2013 2:11:00 PM

    There is an app called lose it! And its Free!! And you can log your food, search the food, or scan barcode for calorie info. Its better then playing $3 for spark people app! And it works! I actually lost 13 pounds in a month.

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