I’ve been unfairly accused that my affinity towards a good kitchen scale is influenced by my current profession as a chef. Although it is true that having an accurate kitchen scale is invaluable in the kitchen, it is also very important when you are trying to lose weight.
Kitchen scale offers you an accurate measurement when you want to properly count your calories intake. Why not using cups? Well… volume based measurement for dry ingredients is notorious for being inaccurate. It is fine if you are using it for wet ingredients like milk, honey, or oil… but for cereal? Not really.
Do you need to buy a kitchen scale now? Well… not necessarily if you have already got measuring cups.
At the beginning of your weight loss program, assuming you have plenty to lose, accuracy is not as important. Why?
Say you are at the beginning of your journey, your BMR is around 1600KCal, and TDEE is probably around 2000KCal. BMR is the minimum amount of calories you need to take for your body to function, and TDEE is the approximation of calories you can spend because of your daily activities. So… to lose weight you need to set your calories allowance between those numbers. 1700KCal is a good number (+100 above BMR)
If your measurement is inaccurate, you might end up eating 1900-1950KCal a day, but it is still fine, and you still lose weight although slowly.
But when you are closer to your weight goal. Your BMR now is 1250KCal, and your TDEE is 1500KCal. You set your daily allowance at 1350KCal (+100 above BMR), you are no longer having the same 300KCal wiggle room for the inaccuracy. In fact, it’s slashed to half, so inaccuracy will end up with either you not losing weight, or gaining some without you knowing why.
This is when a good kitchen scale matters. Good accurate digital kitchen scale to be exact.
Of course all those numbers I used are just an example, and not by any means reflecting the reality of it. In reality, you can always add exercise, which give you some more room for a glass of wine, or your city suddenly go on a lock down because of the killer virus going around which mean you have less room for that slice of pizza. Which in the end only support my argument about the importance of having a good kitchen scale in your house.
I have two digital ones, and one analogue scale which was helpful when I started but completely useless for accuracy. I also have 3 measuring jugs, 2 sets of measuring spoons… but then again, I have an uncontrollable impulse filling up my kitchen with stuff. Which… is irrelevant to the subject.
So… If you are really close to your weight goal, and it seems like that last 3 kg just won’t budge… check your kitchen scale, it might be the culprit.