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You should measure the food you cook, since it's food you'll be eating, presumably.
Enter food into MFP before shopping, cooking, or eating. See if your planned food fits your goals. Change the food items if needed.
Get a food scale. The one I own and use everyday is about $15 on Amazon: [link]
It doesn't fit your requirement of being wired, but I have This one. It's very thin, and mine has been rocking for over a year and I have not yet needed to change the battery. Again, might not be exactly what you are looking for but I thought I would throw it out there in case you are open to other options.
I got this one at Amazon, it's $19. It goes from 0.1 ounces to 12 lbs 10.8 oz, it has a tare function, can switch it to grams or ounces/pounds, and it's super easy to clean.
Are you taking about ready meals for #1? If so, then "sometimes". The reported net weight is often including packaging, so a 500g tub of yoghurt comes in at 475g - not a massive difference, but a couple of grams of protein - however do take into consideration that the makeup of the food can put the calorie count out by 10% in either direction, so it's probably safe to just take the manufacturer's figures. It'll all come out in the wash, as they say.
Always weigh ingredients raw unless advised otherwise on the packaging. Some powders (milkshake, sauces, etc.) give calorie content as prepared with milk, so if you're subbing out dairy for soy or almond you'll need to adjust accordingly.
The scale I use is this one. It looks cool with the black glass and ultra blue LED effect.
Honestly, any scale off Amazon should do the trick. I personally have this one: [link]
I wouldn't recommend that particular model because of it's less than responsive "tare" button. But anything with 1g incrementation should be good.
I use the FitBit app to log my food because I also own a FitBit Aria body weight scale and previously used a FitBit tracker (I've since started using an Apple Watch.) I'd actually recommend both of those tools if you're a data/gadget nerd like me. Weighing myself and having it appear in a graph really helped me stay accountable. Similarly, having "steps" to compete against every day encouraged me to walk more and be mindful of my activity.
MyFitnessPal is a great option as well but I'd really recommend checking what's saved in there versus the packaging on your food or what's available for generic things (like cuts of meat) on the USDA database.
I'd even go so far as to always use weight as your serving size. I had been making tuna salad with what I thought was a single 1 serving (1 tablespoon) serving of mayo. When I actually went and weighed it out I found that my tablespoon contained almost 2 servings! Those kinds of things can really sneak up on you.
Has seemed very accurate the entire time ive used it. 3+ months now.
edit: and yes, reviews on food scales are all over the place to a ridiculous degree. I kinda just rolled the dice on this one and its worked out so far.
seems expensive, I have this and it's working fine for me
My recommendation for a kitchen scale: [link]
It's lasted me around 8 months this far and is very accurate. Just a tip for portion control: most nutritional facts have the weight in grams so it's easy to figure out the calories accurately.
Edit: I recommend putting a plate on it, zeroing the scale, and weighing the food. It also does negative grams so you could see how much you could see how much you took out of a container.
I use this guy. And it looks decent so I don't have to Hide it away. I don't really count cals, but this sure helps in figuring out EXACTLY how many carbs are in the amount of whatever I'm using.
Personally i just have a little [[link] kitchen scale) that I regret purchasing. I didn't get it for shipping but it only randomly turns on when I push the power button on a flat surface. I thought the slick and flat surface looked cool but now I hate it. Ozeri is sending me a "refurbished/damaged box" replacement though I'm outside of the warranty but not sure if it will change much. Also I would want something that plugs in next time, as this one seems to drain batteries.
Maybe these threads will help:
been using this one for about 2 years now.
YES. OP you will not be disappointed with this one [link]
This is the best! Cheap, precise, large, and flat so that you can weight a lot of large shape plates and stuff
Here is the desktop version of your link
Being a fellow broke college student, I try to stock up in bulk and then freeze if possible. Therefore, ground beef and chicken are nice (buy a scale if possible and portion out the beef/chicken. I use 8oz (0.5lb) portions of beef separated into ziploc baggies. Whenever I need to use it for dinner, I'll defrost it in the fridge the night before up until I cook it (~7PM).
Combine the above with Veggies (Kale/Lettuce/Mustard Greens/cheeses, etc >> See sidebar link for acceptable foods.
There are definitely other posts for proportioning food and stocking for college students, so try searching around..