All Diet Scales are NOT
If you are watching what you eat, then it makes perfect sense to use
a digital scale to monitor the amount of food you consume. Keeping track
of the portion size of your food items will enable you to design a diet
program that will be successful.
In addition, many diet cookbooks are utilizing a scale to measure each
ingredient to ensure precise measurements and to produce accurate results
Here a couple of examples:
EXAMPLE #1: Shave four medium sized carrots vs. 200 grams of carrot
How "long and wide" are medium carrots?
EXAMPLE #2: 3 rounded T. vs. 75 grams
Did you know that the abbreviation for tablespoon is T. in some cookbooks
and tbsp. in other books? Would you have added 3 rounded teaspoons for
the abbreviation T.? How much is in a "rounded" teaspoon anyways?
As you can see, not only will you achieve substantially more accurate
recipes using the weight of each ingredient, you will also eliminate
any confusion during measurement.
If you are searching for a diet scale that provides additional information
on the exact nutritional levels of the food you eat, such as carbohydrates,
calories, fat, sodium, etc., than you should click
here to read the information regarding Nutritional
In order to make your diet scale selection FAST & Successful -
we have provided you with the following "Diet Scale Checklist":
2) Digital or Manual
3) Capacity vs. Accuracy
4) AC/DC - Battery and/or 110V
5) Spill Protection
6) Weighing Units (lb, oz, kg, g)
7) TARE Feature
8) Removable Platform
9) Manufacturers' Warranty
DESIGN & SIZE
Diet scales are available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes
to match your décor. Most diet scales are fairly small; however,
they will vary a little in size. In addition, some more unique designs
may have limited features/functions. Since scales are not a major kitchen
appliance, you will discover that most designs are fairly simple and
DIGITAL or MANUAL
Since digital scales are extremely accurate and low cost, you will discover
that most diet scales are digital. If accuracy is not important and
STYLE is, you may find some manual scales will have unique design characteristics
(i.e. balance, hanging, and spring scales). Of course, we highly recommend
you purchase a digital diet scale for higher accuracy and better results!
CAPACITY vs. ACCURACY
Before you purchase any scale, you will need to answer the following
two (2) questions:
a) What is the maximum amount that you will ever need to weigh (i.e.
2lb, 5lb, or 10lb)?
b) What is the minimum increment (i.e. smallest amount) you will measure
(i.e. 1g or 0.5oz.)?
Once you have determined this information, you will simply need to
select a scale that meets your capacity and accuracy requirements.
BATTERY and/or 110V POWER
Digital scales are powered by either battery or 110V Power and some
units offer both options. The battery operated scales will be more portable.
However, the 110V scales will eliminate the use of batteries.
Since digital diet scales are usually small, you will find that most
diet scales will operate via battery power. Since digital scales only
use a small amount of power and most units have auto shut off, the batteries
will keep going and going...
Unfortunately, in the diet your scale will probably become the victim
of a liquid or powder spill. If you decide to purchase a digital scale,
we recommend that you purchase a unit with a sealed LCD display and
user buttons. This spill protection will prevent the scale from short
circuiting and voiding most manufactures warranties. Please note your
diet scale does not need to be waterproof.
WEIGHING UNITS (lb, oz, kg, g)
Many diet scales offer both weighing units - pounds/ounces and kilogram/grams.
However, you need to make sure that the scale has the weighing units
The tare feature allows you to measure the exact weight of a product
in a container. This is a valuable feature if you need to weigh a liquid
or powder ingredient. This feature is ONLY available on electronic digital
Here is an example of how to use the TARE feature:
Example: Place the "container" that will hold the ingredient
on the scale's platform, then push the Tare button. Your scale's display
will reset to 0 by subtracting the weight of the container. Now, simply
place the ingredient in the container and your scale will display its
If you need to add more ingredients, just keep pressing the Tare button
to clear the scale's display and then add the next ingredient.
If you have ever spilled something when cooking, you may wish to purchase
a scale with a removable platform. Some scales offer a removable Stainless
Steel or glass platform, which also allows the user to place food items
directly on the platform. Not only is it sanitary, but it allows for
FAST & EASY clean-up.
You will discover most manufacturers offer at least a one (1) year warranty.
In addition - you will find some who offer 2-5 year warranties.
SPECIAL NOTICE: We highly recommend you AVOID any scale manufacturer
that offers a so-called "lifetime warranty". We have discovered
that most of these companies require a substantial fee for processing
your warranty claims.
As you know, common sense says
"If it sounds too good to
be true - it probably is".
Use your checklist to determine what diet scale features are most important
to YOU. The price of your kitchen scale will be directly related to
the features you select. The GOOD NEWS is that you will find that most
consumer diet scales will be priced under $99 (USD).
Now that you have completed your "Diet Scale Checklist",
you will be able to avoid making any mistakes when selecting the BEST
scale for your special application!
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