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I recently got this scale, which has a setting for measuring water by weight. I've used it to quickly check it against markings on my gear, on my other measuring containers, and against my grain scale... everything seems to agree closely enough to be within my ability to accurately eyeball a water level against the markings.
I have in the past discovered that some things were not correct (my first 10G brew kettle was off by a good quarter gallon), but once I've checked things and they agree I go back to not worrying about it much...
Absolutely use a food scale. This one is small, very light weight and measures in oz, gm, pounds, and milk and water by volume
Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Scale Weight Grams and Oz for Baking and Cooking, 0.67.35.7 in, Stainless Steel(2019 Upgraded) [link]
If bang for your buck is what you’re looking for, this is the one you want.
Etekcity Food Scale, Digital Kitchen Weight Grams and Ounces for Baking and Cooking, Small, Stainless Steel [link]
I’ve been using it for two years and it operates flawlessly. Batteries last forever and it’s beyond simple to use. The one drawback, echoing what u/InGarlicBreadITrust stated, you can’t use a plate of really any size because you can’t see the numbers. I just use bowls for everything and the issue is solved (although a little more dishwashing is always on the menu).
are you weighing gold? doling out 20-25 grams of coffee beans every morning shouldn't be so complicated.
I've had this and it's predecessor (which I now use for weighing out my backpacking kit). It works fine, and you can accurately dole out 11 lbs of coffee if you so choose...
Yeah, I seriously avoided it. I just told myself I’d eat smaller portions, etc. What really made the difference was counting calories and getting a food scale. After a little while it will just become a habit and it won’t bother you all that much. You can get a cheap one on Amazon. I got this one for under $10 Etekcity Scale, Digital Kitchen Grams and Oz for Weight Loss, Baking, Cooking and Mailing, Small, Food-grade Stainless Steel [link]. It literally was the best, most effective way for ME to lose the weight. What is that they always say...“Individual results may vary” lol. EDIT: changed “scale” to “food scale” for clarity.
That will vary dramatically based on the size of the head. Grab a $10 food scale off Amazon and weigh it, then enter that into your macro-tracking app of choice (Cronometer, Carb Manager, MyFitnessPal, etc).
> I don't doubt that a scale can be useful for making sure your numbers are exact when you're using it as your main source of all food, but the point of the scoop is to be a measurement tool.
It's a bad measurement tool. Even if you take the time to pack the powder to make sure there are no pockets of air, there are big variations in volume. I used Joylent for 4 years before buying the cheapest scale Amazon offers and IMO it's much easier with one. I scoop with the scoop but I measure with the scale. The scale goes in the same cupboard as the powder so it takes no time to set up and it's easier to read than whatever graduations you can find on scoops.
I have the Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale. What I like: it's cheap, compact, handles multiple units, and it auto-tares when you turn it on with a container already on the scale. I stash it on top of the microwave. No complaints.
this one that I have has a good amount of surface area, is very accurate (it measured 397 grams for a 400 gram weight for me, and the very small weights are dead-on) and uses AA batteries instead of the expensive watch batteries that some others use
Damnit, already wasted money on the labels, was only 8.99 for 200 which i'll probably never use anyways. I never knew it was so easy. I just printed out my first label, using reg. paper and an inkjet printer, also used clear tape, and also went over the barcode with the tape, by mistake. But I already knew clear tape really wouldn't effect the barcode since I worked in retail before.
I went with this scale Seemed like a decent choice. Might be overkill since im prob. only gonna weigh stuff up to 1lb, but I could use a scale for dieting to weigh out food
Yes, guesstimating is probably going to be your downfall. Humans are notoriously bad at eyeballing food and estimating calories. How did you lose weight last time, did you follow a certain diet or calorie amount? It's highly recommended that you get a food scale (one that has a tare function and can measure in both oz and grams). There are many that are not very expensive, something like this should work just fine. The measuring and calorie logging can seem a bit tedious at first but it doesn't take long to get to where it only takes you a few minutes to do each day. And personally, I measure all the solid stuff in grams instead of oz and base calories off of those grams because I believe it's more accurate. Liquids can be measured by volume.
Physical work and exercise is great for cardiovascular health, but weight loss is going to happen primarily in the kitchen. Did you check out the Quick Start Guide and the FAQ in the sidebar and in the AutoMod response to your post? That is the best place to find info to get started (again). So hello! Great first step posting, we'll be looking for your progress! And don't hesitate to ask any questions, especially in the daily Q&A thread.
What you're doing would give you a 40:60 ratio by volume, but what you want is a 40:60 ratio by weight.
You should probably just buy a small scale. You can get one on amazon for less than $20.
Here's one for $14, it won't be very accurate, but should work well enough and will be much better than what you're doing now.
Also: What do you mean by failed launches? Did the propellant not ignite? Did the propellant ignite, but not produce enough trust to lift the rocket?
If you really want your eyes opened, get a kitchen scale and start weighing what you eat so you can see exactly how many calories are going in. I did this about 2 years ago and discovered that my "healthy" afternoon snack of mixed nuts was around 600 calories.
After I got a kitchen scale, I realized what I thought was a 2,200 calorie diet was more like 3,000 calories. The weight fell off after I corrected it.
When I got mine I searched for 'kitchen scale' on Amazon. This is one that's similar to the one I got
I keep my coffee in the vented bag I buy it in (it has a ziplock top) but I know those can get stale after a couple months. I don't know if a regular ziplock bag is a good idea. If you do more research and find anything, let us know!
I just found this scale on amazon for $14 that's aesthetically pleasing and accurate to the gram.
BTW, here's a $10 food scale on Amazon if anyone is looking. Food Scale
I have this one. It feels a little cheaper than I expected for some reason, but it works great and is accurate!
I have this scale. Mainly bought it because it was cheap. However, my big complaint is the readout is on the top (facing up) at the same level as the things you are putting on the scale to weigh. So if something is big enough (i.e. tent in a stuff sack or something), it is sometimes hard to read the weight. If I were to do it again, I would buy a scale with a front-facing readout.
Pretty sure it's this one! I have it too, it's great for the price.
Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen... [link]
They’re really cheap on amazon! I have a $12 one that’s great. Honestly so worth it
Based on the look of it in the Pizza video it looks like this one:
I got a scale off amazon for $13, so I got 2! One for home and one for work. Does grams ounces pounds link
Water fasts are just thinly disguised eating disorders. There is nothing to "cleanse" out of your body - your kidneys do that for you. Sustainable long-term changes are the only thing that will make a difference and you will not be able to do a 3 day starvation period - probably not even once, but definitely not a number of times. And that's not a fault or a flaw, you are a human being who needs food!!!!! I really really hate that youtubers have brought back pro-ana behavior thinly disguised as just "more extreme" intermittent fasting.
In short, you are doing a lot, very fast. This never works. You say you've always 'given up by day 3' - well sure! Anyone would in your shoes! Very understandable! It's a marathon, not a sprint.
Start by picking an IF schedule. 8-16 can work, especially if you aren't a big breakfast eater anyway. Honestly, I'd just spend a week eating like normal, getting used to those eating windows. I don't care if you horf down a pizza, as long as you wrap it up by 7:59 PM, haha. Don't make any other changes to your lifestyle. Your only new goal: eat after noon and before 8 (or whatever your window edges are). Order this food scale so it arrives by next week.
Once you've done this for a week, now try to maintain that 8-16 window and start making changes to your diet. Based on the info in the title and post, aim to eat between 1250-1500 calories per day. Your only new goal: track your calories so you eat at your calorie limit. It doesn't matter what you eat - nutrition is not this week's goal. If you need to eat 1250 calories of ranch Bugles, so be it, you'll probably be sluggish but honestly learning that cause/effect makes the next step easier. ;) You could stock up on a bunch of frozen meals at Trader Joe's and eat those if you want. Your goal is to build a habit of weighing your food and writing down what you eat in MyFitnessPal or something similar.
Repeat this week as long as you need. This is the most important goal, with the highest long term impact on your weight. All the cooking and exercising and fasting windows in the world won't matter if you don't hit your calorie goals. It's completely fine to hang out here, getting used to this calorie window, even if you're just eating a bunch of frozen meals. You will start losing weight during this period of time anyway.
Once you've spent a week eating between 1250-1500 calories a day during your 8-16 window, now try making changes to what you eat, so that you feel better on your reduced calorie limits. My favorite meal prep idea for nonskilled cooks? Cheese and charcuterie plates. Salami + your favorite cheese + crackers + green grapes. Boom. Weigh it out and track it. I'm also a huge fan of this curried chicken salad - full of spices (since you like them!) and it keeps in the fridge forever and doesn't deteriorate like so many meal prep dishes. Instead of the 1/2 cup mayonnaise that the recipe calls for, I like to use 1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt and then 1 tablespoon of regular mayonnaise. Once you make a big batch of the salad, weigh the whole batch and estimate how many servings are in it. Let's say it weighs 1200 grams and you think "Ehh, probably about 6 servings in that." Then plug the ingredients and a serving size of 6 into MyFitnessPal's recipe calculator to find the nutritional info. Now all you have to do is measure out 200 grams (1200 grams of food divided into 6 servings) of chicken salad and you know the nutrition of your home cooked meal. Pair with crackers and some sriracha and you're golden. Your only new goal: Eat something that is homemade and learn how to enter a recipe into MyFitnessPal and track the nutrition info. [Continue to hit your calorie goals during your window.]
First? Appreciate yourself! That is a lot for three weeks! In less than a month you've changed your eating window, you've started tracking your calories, and you've taken your first steps towards cooking more often. You may well have lost your first few pounds by now. There's only one fundamental cornerstone left - exercise! I cannot stress this enough, if you're not physically active now, just start simple. 30 minutes of exercise every day, and a brisk half hour walk absolutely counts. Yoga totally counts too. Do not try to eat extra calories because you burned some off. You aren't exercising so you can eat more - you're exercising because it's good for your body, and you are caring about your body more these days. <3 The point is to build a habit around exercise, and that means forming positive associations with exercise. If you push too hard, you'll just hate it. A neighborhood walk or a Yoga with Adriene video done every single day will leave you in better health than a Chloe Ting video that makes you cry and give up on day 2. Your only new goal: Get 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day this week. [Continue to hit your calorie goals during your window, hopefully with one or two homemade dishes in there.]
For real, try this program. You can message me at the end of week 4 or post an update here and tell us how you're doing.
Nice order this scale for your next batch: [link]
$14 and super useful. Just don’t wash it straight up with water in a sink. Had to buy a new one 😂
etekcity food scale
> I went and downloaded the StrongLifts 5x5 app and these minimum weights on the exercises have been challenging for me to maintain so far. For some of them, I wasn't able to pull 45lb, so I had to drop down to a special 35lb bar located elsewhere in the gym. I won't be increasing the weight totals on the exercises until I'm sure I can handle it. Getting the form down on the 90lb deadlift was difficult, and I've been having my roommate spot-check me on these exercises to avoid potential injury.
Everyone starts somewhere. As soon as you can handle the 35 lb. bar successfully, move to the 45 lb. one and do a week with that. Once you're stable with the 45, start adding the recommended weight each time. Your body will adapt once you've got the basics down, and noob gains are a real thing so don't stall yourself too long with just the bar.
>Thanks for the advice here. I actually get the big variety of tortillas--it's hard to imagine eating any more than one of these things! I've always filled these things to about full capacity before they start to leak out the sides. A flat large tortilla has enough surface area to fully cover one large dinner plate.
Download MyFitnessPal and do your best to estimate the calories of everything you eat. Tortillas come in packages with bar codes so that's easy to determine. Other stuff like meat takes a different approach: a food scale. Weight everything you eat for a while until you get good at eyeballing it. Many of the hardgainers here such as u/SkimTheDross have had to eat far more than they were used to eating to be able to put on muscle, and you don't really know how much unless you measure it. As a former fat guy I can give you a useful piece of advice: eat your food quickly so you can eat more. Your brain takes 15-20 minutes to register that your stomach is full, so take advantage of that lag time to stuff yourself before your brain takes over and says "no more." You'll likely be stuffed after each meal until your body adjusts, and don't overdo it but make steady increases each week in your total calories consumed. Food is energy, so the more food you can put in you the more strength you will gain.
>I've read all of these before. Reviewing them again has brought me much success in this area this week.
>Unfortunately still having a lot of trouble in this category, but just like porn, I'm making efforts to redirect my thoughts into more productive things (like homework) for the time being. I'm not letting these thoughts turn into actions (like stalking, ...?!) so that nobody else can "see my hand" so to speak.
Getting busy developing your Mission will go a long way toward curing your Oneitis.
If you want to eat healthy, then there are really 2 things you need to do:
Because you have limited options for natural food options at the moment, I would recommend focusing on the first step. I have a tutorial here on how things work:
As far as weight-related results go, your body doesn't care if you eat Twinkies or white-meat chicken...it melts that food down in your stomach, pulls out the nutrition, and wastes the rest. Because you don't have full control over your dietary options right now, then I think it's smart to work with what you have & tailor it to your macros. In a nutshell:
You can absolutely, 100% lose weight eating McDonalds & Burger King. Contrary to popular opinion, they're not the devil, they're just another food source. Granted, it's better long-term to feed your body whole foods from plants & animals, but you can absolutely not just survive but thrive with your current dietary options.
2 simple tools to change your cooking experience forever
1) food-scale, with tare function: I personally use this. Super cheap, been using it for 4 years now, and it helped me so much with baking and meal portioning/prepping
2) thermometer: sometimes, that ribeye or chicken thigh is just too damn thick to predict when it is done. That and I-I'm not too hot when it comes to eyeballing "done-ness"
also, learn to cook. Wean yourself off of recipe guides and start getting cozy with the tools: there's the pan, the oven, the grill, sous vide, etc etc. They can cook just about any ingredient, so it is up to you to figure out which tool to use, and how long should the ingredient be cooked using said tool. By weaning yourself off of recipes, you'll have a much greater ability to cook using whatever is available to you
While we are talking about cheap scales, I will point out that I have this $10 scale from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0113UZJE2/ref=psdc_678508011_t2_B07CSBYPGM
It's fine and I have used it for a long time now daily. But there is one thing about it that really irks me to the point that i might get a different one when I get around to researching it. It will turn itself off after about 30 seconds if the weight does not change. I'd like one that will stay on for.... I dont know, maybe 3 minutes.
May I ask how old the little ones are? The younger they are, and the more time they spend away from mama the more likely they are to not make it. You also mentioned that your humane society is overburdened. The shelter is a great place for kitties to get sick, even if it's just a kitty cold. They don't have strong immune systems, and it's likely your babies were living outside before going to the humane society. They're truly fragile creatures.
Let me link you to the shelter I foster for, and point out one of the bullets under "What are the risks with fostering:"
This is 100% true OP. Of course you're a new foster so you haven't learned the ropes yet. Of course there's a chance you could have made a mistake. But as /u/SeasDiver pointed out, it's not likely. The higher probability is that they just had no chance at life before you, and you gave them the best chance they had.
Let me share a bit of my current litter's story with you. I too am a new foster mama on my second litter of kittens. We had a very easy first litter, so the shelter felt comfortable sending me home with a mama cat and 5 kittens. We knew very little about the kittens or mama but a day or two before I brought them home, one of the kittens died. The staff had no idea why because mama and kittens looked healthy enough, and mama was always there for nursing. When I brought them home, all was going well until the second day when I noticed they weren't gaining any weight. At 2 weeks old, this is very deadly. Thankfully I noticed it as early as I did because I was able to bottle feed them to supplement what they couldn't get from mom. They would still nurse from mom (which is needed for their little immune systems), but she just couldn't produce enough milk to feed 5 kittens, let alone 6. It turns out mama was severely dehydrated, reufsing to eat, and was just in too much pain to properly nurse. I ended up giving her IV fluids at home until she got back on their feet. These kittens were on 3 medications right away, then they got the flu shortly after so they had to take some more. I am 110% positive that without them coming home with me, they would have kept dying. If they stayed at the shelter even just another day, at least one would probably have died in my care, even if I did identify the problem.
An entire building full of professionals could not identify what was going on with the babies because there are just not enough resources to keep a good eye on each one of the kittens. They didn't know that mama wasn't eating enough or nursing enough because from a glance everything looked alright. This could have absolutely happened to you. Just a little sign was missed that could have made all the difference. And it's not your fault, it's not the shelter's fault. Everyone is doing their best, and that's all you can do.
I don't know what you're already doing for the kittens, but here are two things I would absolutely recommend you start doing if you aren't doing them already.
There are obviously many more tips and tricks, but these are two that can really identify two really really common and easy to fix problems quickly. I may not be a professional foster quite yet, but I am more than happy to help. If you need anything - advice on what fabric I like most for kitty blankets to a shoulder to cry on... let me know <3. You're doing an incredible thing, and even if you don't have a 100% success rate, that doesn't mean that you should stop or shouldn't be trusted. All we can do is our best, and that's what you're doing. We need people who will be sad if they lose a kitten in their care to do this job because it means that you're taking the job seriously and you care for these animals.
Get a digital food scale and start weighing your food.
I use this one and love it; cheap, super lightweight, minimalist: [link]
this is the one I use
Will help out once you start buying hops in bulk as well! [link]
I found one here.
What do you think?
I got one over a year ago for about $15 and it still works great!
Heres the link: [link]
[link] I found this one! It takes batteries and its only $14
I use this model from Etekcity (EK6015)
If you track your food in MyFitnessPal (free phone app), it'll track carbs for you in one of the columns. You can even sync the Fitbit to it for exercise calorie tracking.
Partial screenshot of this here.
I recommend a digital read-out food scale to weigh foods on for total carb accuracy. You can get them at Wal-mart too for $20-$30.
I think I have the same scale as OP, and it's this one
$11.00 for this one and it looks pretty sweet
Amazon has a lightning deal on their #1 selling scale right now- $10.88....
Pretty much everything that isn’t brand name was bought in bulk on alibaba and marked up for Amazon.
For example, kitchen scales on Amazon and Alibaba.
I’ve been using this the the past 2 years. Really simple and effective. Food Scale Link
Thanks for your reply! I had been messing with my calorie goals on MFP for the past few weeks, and I find it's been easier to set it at losing 0.5 a pound a week and leaving some extra cals at the end of the day versus setting it to losing 1 pound a week and barely making it in, if I even do.
I have heard that it's a good idea to measure your foods, and had been using measuring cups for that so far, but often times I would use heaping cups, which I know isn't very helpful. At your advice, I finally bought this scale on Amazon. As someone who often cooks at home and didn't want to give that up, I appreciate your advice!