# How to Food Scale?

Posts: 307 Member
I have never used a food scale, but I track my amounts by measuring everything as per the serving size on packaging.

I see a lot of people recommending food scales for tracking, but how does that correlate to MFP where a lot of measurements don't seem to be by weight?

Can someone explain this to me?

## Replies

• Posts: 17,565 Member
edited December 2014
I weigh my food and divide it by the serving size, then when I input the entry I just change the serving I ate to that amount. Like I had Honey Nut Cheerios this morning. A serving is 3/4 cup or 28 grams. I ate 32 grams of it. 32/28 equals about 1.14 servings. So even if the entry I use goes by cups, I'm still putting in exactly what I ate.
• Posts: 4,252 Member
edited December 2014
You can find foods weighed in grams or ounces in the food database.. you just have to look. Or you can create it yourself based on the calorie content and protein, fat, carb content from the USDA.
• Posts: 1,896 Member
edited December 2014
Even if the database entry doesn't have a grams option, if you know by the package what the weight in grams, you can still log it by the weight by how much by weight you ate vs what a serving size in weight it is.

Of course if its a raw ingredient, just search the name of it with "USDA" and it should pop right up.
• Posts: 942 Member
Not all food comes in packages.
• Posts: 669 Member
malibu927 wrote: »
I weigh my food and divide it by the serving size, then when I input the entry I just change the serving I ate to that amount. Like I had Honey Nut Cheerios this morning. A serving is 3/4 cup or 28 grams. I ate 32 grams of it. 32/28 equals about 1.14 servings. So even if the entry I use goes by cups, I'm still putting in exactly what I ate.

That's exactly what I do.
• Posts: 4,158 Member
malibu927 wrote: »
I weigh my food and divide it by the serving size, then when I input the entry I just change the serving I ate to that amount. Like I had Honey Nut Cheerios this morning. A serving is 3/4 cup or 28 grams. I ate 32 grams of it. 32/28 equals about 1.14 servings. So even if the entry I use goes by cups, I'm still putting in exactly what I ate.

Yup, this all the way. Weighing is far more accurate than measuring EXCEPT when it comes to liquids, then you should measure.
• Posts: 386 Member
AJ_G wrote: »
malibu927 wrote: »
I weigh my food and divide it by the serving size, then when I input the entry I just change the serving I ate to that amount. Like I had Honey Nut Cheerios this morning. A serving is 3/4 cup or 28 grams. I ate 32 grams of it. 32/28 equals about 1.14 servings. So even if the entry I use goes by cups, I'm still putting in exactly what I ate.

Yup, this all the way. Weighing is far more accurate than measuring EXCEPT when it comes to liquids, then you should measure.

+1
• Posts: 5,624 Member
I created my own database using weighted measurements.
• Posts: 14,776 Member
Have you seen these two posts yet? I think they cover a lot of the basics of how to make the best use of the food database here:

http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/1290491/how-and-why-to-use-a-digital-food-scale

http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/1234699/logging-accurately-step-by-step-guide
• Posts: 4,925 Member
A food scale will tell you how much food weighs. It will not give you a significantly more accurate measure of the energy content of food.