So you’re starting IIFYM. You’ve calculated your macro goals, downloaded MyFitnessPal, and have subscribed with us for tips and motivation (I’m sure you have, haven’t you? We’re on Twitter and Instagram, too. @MrAndMrsMacro. Shameless plug over.)
Now….do you have a food scale? If you don’t, go get one. They’re not all that expensive (we got ours at WalMart for $12), and they will change the game for you and your weight loss goals.
The food scale is the most accurate way to track your food intake, which in turn makes it the most accurate way to track your macros. Think about it. Using tools like tablespoons and measuringcups can be VERY subjective. It’s better than nothing, but not the best.
If you are a heaping scooper (like myself), the scale will keep you in check. Numbers don’t lie! Whether it’s a teaspoon, tablespoon or a measuring cup, there is a weight that correlates with each scoop in grams or ounces. Next time you go to put 2 tbsp of cream cheese on your bagel, rather than using your measuring spoons, weigh it. It may not make a drastic difference, but it will give you more consistency over time.
Use Your Food Tracker Seamlessly
If you’re using a food tracking app (we use MyFitnessPal), each piece of food in their database has a serving size associated with it. 99% of solid food entries you can find in your app will have a “weight” version of it’s serving size. Whether it’s ounces or grams, you will be able to find what you are looking for. This is SUPER helpful because rather than searching for tablespoons, teaspoons, and measuring cups, you can just weigh everything. It makes the food prep process easier AND simplifies tracking everything as well. It’s a win-win.
The food scale was something that we were tentative to begin using because it sounds like too much work. Go ahead and tell someone that you’re going to use a food scale for your diet. Watch their eyes get big and wait for the “doesn’t that seem like a bit much?”. It’s alright, though. You’re not doing it for them. You’re doing it for you. And it’s not too much work. It will provide information and insight that you would be estimating otherwise.
We hope you found this post helpful! Do you use a food scale? Is there another tool that you have used in your weight loss journey that you found to be essential? Let us know in the comments.
-Nick and Christina-