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So I think I just have a shitty scale. Bought it because it had 30k reviews. Just weighed a 4 oz stick of butter it came up 3.7 oz. Then put a glass down, it was 409 grams, put mushrooms in it went up to 423. So I probably do have around 15g that's pretty frustrating. Don't buy this scale folks. [link]
Here’s a super cheap kitchen scale I found on Amazon, similar to the one I have but even cheaper. GreaterGoods Digital Food Kitchen Scale, Multifunction Scale Measures in Grams and Ounces (Ash Grey) [link]
This one fit my tight budget. $9
I put on my dinner plate then tare. As I'm dishing out my servings into the dinner plate, I can tare between items and toggle through the different weight units. It does pounds, ounces, grams, milliliters & fluid ounces so you don't have to do the math from pounds...
Anyway. Cheap, functional and does not take up much room if you have little space
I use this scale GreaterGoods Digital Food Kitchen Scale, Multifunction Scale Measures in Grams and Ounces (Grey) [link]
I don't weigh everything but I like it for portioning nuts and making hamburger patties from bulk ground beef
I use this one, and it works great:
I must have remembered wrong as it's $9 but still pretty close lol it works really well for soylent and coffee portions. I'm not sure how accurate the fl. oz. measurement is but I've been using 6oz less when I make 3 400cal portions and it comes out pretty close to the bottled version. [link]
Hey you should really get a food scale sooner rather than later! It helps me immensely with controlling my portions and making sure my calorie counts are accurate. Here's the one I have:
It's ten bucks. Just get it.
Don't bother with the test strips. Total waste of money. Get a digital kitchen scale and start weighing your food. Personally, I log everything in a notebook I keep next to the scale. It's a really easy way to keep a food diary. Don't worry about peaks, valleys and plateaus - you'll see them a lot. Just stick with the program and you'll get results. Carbs are a hard limit @ 20g. Protein is a goal, but it's not necessary to hit it every day. Fat is filler for satiety. I tend to only eat when I'm hungry, not because it's time to eat (mixed nuts w/ no peanuts are a great snack). Just get to know your body and listen to what it needs. It gets easier, believe me.
food scales don't really take up that much space.
this is an example of something good.
You'll want something with a flat, level surface so you can weigh just about every kind of bowl/plate. the problem with some leveled scales is that they aren't always accurate (and ofc, always measure your food on a level surface).
I bought this one and I love it.
So, the good news is that you can totally have an impressive transformation by August. Bad news? Probably not going to involve seeing a 100-lb. drop on the scale. But, trust me, it does't need to.
There's a learning curve involved in going keto. If you think this is the right path for you, you need to take a little time to educate yourself about how to do it well. Then, you need to make a plan. Last step? Follow that plan with all the determination you've got.
Here are some recommendations to help you learn and get you going:
*Generated by [Keto Calculator](https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com) 9.13*
27/M/5'7" | CW 250 | 39% BF | Mostly sedentary
* 1816 kcal Goal, a 20% deficit. (838 min, 2269 max)
* 20g Carbohydrates
* 122g Protein (92g min, 151g max)
* 139g Fat (30g min, 189g max)
Diet and exercise are two separate things that serve different purposes. Making big changes in one at the same time as the other can be very hard if you don't have the time and energy it takes to make both those changes. It's OK to start by focusing on the diet half first until you feel comfortable with it. You can also start incorporating more movement (walk more, take stairs, etc.) before starting a formal workout program.
Good luck. You CAN have an amazing transformation by August.
This is $10: https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Kitchen-Scale-Food-Multifunction/dp/B01JTDG084/ref=sr_1_6?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1526912253&sr=1-6&keywords=food+scale
No reason to not have a food scale if you want one.
As other people are poiting out, you're quite petite so you need to be in TIGHT CONTROL of the calories, because you need to go way down in order to lose weight. So you can't afford to trust the reported kcal for meals in programs.
In order to lose 1lb a week you'd need to do 1150kcal/day. Thats 115g protein/51g fats/57g carbs at 40/40/20%. You can use the protein for your exercise and you want little carbs. People don't recommend under 1200, but right now it's splitting hairs.
You need a food scale like this one kitchen food scale (dark? here). You will use the food scale along with a site like myfitnesspal (where you will set the kcal and macronutrients amount to meet daily and you will track your intake), the USDA food database and the nutritional info on the package of what you eat. You want to be honest and accurate with your tracking. You should stay away from receipts and eat dead simple things. Rice, chicken, in a plate. One yougurt. 30gr of cheese. This. That. You will log everything in MFP and you'll only eat to meet the targets you set. You need very basic regular food in the specified amounts.
You also should have as much data as possible about your weight, because you're going to compare your progress with your intake so you can know if its working and what adjustments to make. So you'll weight yourself every morning after going to the bathroom but before drinking or eating. And you'll log that into an app like Libra (Android) or Weight Diary (iOS). You will just step in, log the number, and absolutely give no importance or meaning at all to that number, because that number is absolutely inaccurate and meaningless. Bodies are not in a constant state, their weight is fluid. Weight loss is tracked comparing and averaging those numbers over time.
If you do that for 3 weeks, you'll have specific data to look at, but most very likely you'll be on a path to lose those 25lb in 4-6months.
I bet you're fine, but I like to measure. I got these disgustingly cute spoons at New England Cheese and every time I use them I feel all happy. And an inexpensive digital kitchen scale will really help you for getting the salt right on a cheese, which is important. Here's one for $14.
I use one from Greater Goods, because they care about their workers, give back to charity, and have paperless starting guides. I got mine on Amazon.
Here’s the scale I bought: [link] it’s very tiny and should easily fit in a backpack, it’s definitely easier to haul around than a set of cups!
I'm 6' tall. After high school 8 years ago it took me around 3 or 4 years to go from 180lbs to 250lbs, where I stayed for quite some time. Afew months after quarantine started I got tired of being overweight and getting grossed out when looking at myself in the mirror, so about halfway through May I started walking around 10 miles a week (on average) and I cut my caloric intake from who knows how much every day to around 1300. Since then I have lost 25lbs, and I'm still going down. There have been times where I go way over my calorie limit (visiting mom, for example), so I just make sure to walk more that week.
I thought the same thing as you for a long time so I would quickly lose motivation and give up, bit you can't do that. You have to stick with it.
Here are 3 things I recommend:
Eat This Much - Automatic meal planner.
Super handy if you like planning ahead. The app can also give you notifications like "mark meals as eaten", "plan out your meals", "record your weight", etc.
MyFitnessPal - Calorie tracker.
Tracks calories, nutrition, exercise, weight, etc. Also has meal plans, workout routines, etc. for subscribers.
Food scale (here's the one I got) - very useful for making sure you're not eating more than you should be, and for entering precise and accurate amounts into your calorie tracker.
Scale - Absolute must.
I went with this one from Renpho because it connects to the companion Renpho app on your phone over Bluetooth and tracks your weight automatically. It also makes estimates of other body information such as BMI, muscle weight, fat-free weight, protein, etc. using contact pads on your feet. I can't speak for the accuracy, and I take it with a large grain of salt, but it does provide an estimate that I can use to get a better idea of my general body health.
I hope this helps you my friend, and good luck.
definitely invest in a food scale! they’re really cheap off of amazon and it has really helped me to not overeat
Amazon for $10 =]
In that case, it seems like he has a really good appetite and may just not be storing much fat, yet (which is normal). A couple things I would do is get a small scale and a tape measure, just to track if he's growing, and just record the numbers in a note on your phone or simple Excel spreadsheet, along with how much he's eating, so you don't have to rely on your memory to spot any trends if he never grows or starts losing weight.
The scale I use is this one, currently $8.50 on Amazon, and a flexible tape measure like this, currently $4.85. I also second making sure he doesn't have intestinal parasites, which is something I would do even if he wasn't showing any symptoms, as infections like coccidia are extremely common and easy to spread within clutches. (Most vet clinics in my area will do a fecal test for under $20).
All that said, there's nothing from your post which would make me think there's something wrong with your dragon. Tracking the babies for the first couple of months is just something I do for peace of mind.
Edit: Here's an article about determining if your bearded dragon is underweight (though the method mostly applies to adults), as well as some tips for getting them to gain some weight. "2 Surefire Ways To Make a Bearded Dragon Gain Weight And Fatten Them Up"
A digital food scale is best, like this one: [link]
Check out the MyFitnessPal app and get a food scale and log everything. You'll get an idea of how much food you need and it'll get easier. [link]
I like this one, easy to store and clean [link]
We just bought this one to replace this one. It worked well for us for 3 or 4 years, but it's starting to go on the fritz a little. The design also makes it a pain to clean, or to read the grams when weighing things in a big bowl. My parents have this one and the top part of their scale is removable, which is really annoying!
This is the scale I use.
I’m going to try and eat less sodium and see if that helps!
Thank you! I will try this!
Its a kitchen scale I bought off of amazon, [link] --- .1 oz/1 gm accuracy.
Ok I broke down and ordered one.
Get the Encore. Ideally a cheap $10 scale but I've found with experience that I can consistently eyeball it well enough with the scoop which came with something I bought. $12 kettle. $15.50 Clever dripper if it's cheap enough and some $6 papers (or off brand instore somewhere cheaper) or a $11.50 french press.
If you can get the Encore at 70, and just the kettle and brewer (no scale) that's just under 100.
Edit. I forgot you'd need to weigh the water to get the proportions correct and consistent, and would need a scale for that but, because water has many special magic properties you can just measure it 500ml=500g etc, so a cheap $1 plastic jug could also work.
I personally like this one [link]
Digital Kitchen Scale/Food Scale - Ultra Slim, Multifunction, Easy to Clean, Large Display (grey) [link]