Count Calories To Lose Weight

I love to cook and bake, and I try to be precise, especially when I’m baking.  I’m also a huge fan of Alton Brown’s (from Food Network), and if I’ve learned anything, it’s to measure everything by weight – even sugar and flour.  There’s nothing I find more handy in my kitchen than a good kitchen scale.  EatSmart Products sent me their EatSmart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale to try, and I have to say, I really looked forward to using it.

First, I love that it’s digital.  In my opinion, it’s not even worth having a scale in your kitchen if it’s not digital.  It was super easy to use – just 2 buttons.  The part I liked the best is that it measures in several different units of measure; grams, kilograms, ounces, or pounds.  As you can see in the first picture, I needed to use a bowl to hold the sugar I was measuring, and I was easily able to zero out the scale to ignore the weight of the bowl with one push of a button.  The display was clear and easy to read, and clearly displayed which measure of units you were using.  I really liked that the screen is projected out slightly in front of the scale portion, so if you’re using a bowl or other larger item, you can still read the display without it being blocked.

Digital Kitchen Scales

Should you count calories to lose weight? Another really great feature that many digital scales don’t come with was the Calorie Factor Guidebook.  As part of the instruction booklet, there is a large, gridded section that helps you count calories easily.  You just set the scale to grams, weigh the edible portion of food and then multiply the number of grams by the “Calorie Factor” listed in the booklet.  This will tell you the number of calories in the food you’re eating.  For example, if you’re having roasted chicken breast, boiled broccoli, and wild rice, you would weigh each item separately and look each up in the booklet to see how many calories you’ve got on your plate.  It also has a handy grid at the back of the booklet for you to list your favorites so you don’t have to look them up every time you eat them.

This will definitely be my new go-to scale in the kitchen.  It’s simply to use, and really helps me pay attention to what I’m putting in my body.  I highly recommend this product whether you’re watching what you eat or if you just need it on hand for standard measurements in the kitchen.