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A food scale can help you stay on track with diet and weight-loss goals, from assisting with serving sizes to helping you learn to avoid overeating, nutritionists say. “I suggest that people keep a food scale and use it when eating at home on occasion to get an idea of how much their food weighs, even if weight loss is not your primary goal,” says Lisa R. Young, a registered dietician and nutritionist and the author of “Finally Full, Finally Slim.” “We often think we eat much less than we really do. So, for accuracy, using a food scale can be effective.” Food scales are especially helpful when following a meal plan or diet that specifically calls for serving sizes. And research shows that tracking your food can help you. Indeed, a national survey of more than 6,000 adults published in the Qualitative Health Research medical journal found that people who measured their food were more successful at losing weight and keeping it off compared with those who didn’t. Some scales will even tell you how many calories and macronutrients are in foods before you consume them to help you track and reduce food intake. Here are the best food scales to use when measuring out food, according to reviewers and nutritionists.

Under $10

Amazon Basics Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale

$9.84 on Amazon

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Pro tip: Cassetty recommends using the tare function to subtract the container weight and only measure what’s inside.

For high accuracy

Escali Primo Digital Scale

$24.95 on Amazon

Buy on AmazonBudget pick

GreaterGoods Digital Food Kitchen Scale

$13.88 on Amazon

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The company also offers the GreaterGoods Nutrition Food Scale, $37.88 on Amazon, which features readings of nutritional information on more than 2,000 foods and can handle up to 22 pounds, including custom ingredient entries. It will also calculate your daily calorie totals so it’s ideal for someone who is looking to lose weight.

“Pro tip—When using a food scale, before putting your food on the scale, make sure the scale is on a flat surface and is set to 0,” says Young.

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