HOW TO: Use Your Food Scale Correctly

Ah, the lovely food scale.

It can certainly be a great tool to use when tracking your intake, and more specifically when you begin your diet journey. If you’re curious first and foremost whether you need one, we discussed that in a separate blog post that you can find here –> Do You Need To Use a Food Scale?

So if you already know you need to use one, or maybe you have one and you just want to make sure you’re using it correctly, then you’ve come to the right place! There are many food scales out there and it can be confusing what type to purchase if you’re on the hunt for this new tool that’s going to give you OH SO MUCH education about your nutrition. Here are our top 3 choices from none other than Amazon:

Hopefully, you have a Prime account (AMEN to two-day shipping!) because we’re about to jump into how to USE this thing. I know what you’re thinking, “Is it really that hard that you have to teach me?” or, “Don’t you just plop your food on it?”. Using a food scale IS an easy task but we often find that sometimes our clients are weighing incorrectly, or maybe aren’t using this thing as efficiently as they could be. Follow these steps to ensure you are on the right track to reaching your macro goals.

This first step is more of a tip, but regardless, you want to make sure to use either grams or ounces. Grams would be the most accurate choice, but sometimes weighing certain foods (like meat for example) in ounces is just a bit more common. If you look on any food label, you will see a serving size that’s usually listed in Cups or Tablespoons for example. Next to that, almost ALL foods will also show you the serving in grams which is perfect for us flexible dieters wanting to track our intake.

There are two ways to measure your foods using a food scale. The first, would be to place the entire box/container/jar directly onto the food scale as shown below.

This OBVIOUSLY is going to weigh a lot and we don’t want to weigh the entire box cardboard and all so the next step in this process is to click the button on your scale that says, “Tare”, or, “Zero”. This will reset the scale to 0.

Finally, you want to pour out/spoon out/remove whatever you’re weighing from the container, and put it on your plate or bowl. This will result in the scale showing a negative number, but if you ignore the negative, that number is actually the amount that you have removed and are measuring. For this example, I used cereal so as I poured it out I kept replacing the box on the scale until it read a serving size which was 28g in this case.

There’s method #1! Method #2 is similar, yet slightly different…


Start by placing your bowl/plate/whatever you’re eating off of onto the scale.

Click that “Tare/Zero” button again so that the scale reads “0”.

Pour whatever you’re eating INTO your bowl (or plate or cup) until you have the amount that you need for your serving.

Most people don’t even realize there’s a Tare button on their scale or know what it does so these methods come in handy when you’re trying to get a peanut butter measurement….I mean do you really want to smear peanut butter ALL OVER your brand new food scale? I didn’t think so! For any further questions you can comment this post below or send us an email and we would be happy to help you! Happy dieting!


Josh & Alessandra are Connecticut natives who moved to San Diego to pursue their passion of spreading the healthy lifestyle through fitness and wellness. Both graduated from Central Connecticut State University however it wasn't until both resided on the West Coast when they decided to join forces not only as a power couple but as business partners. Using their combined knowledge and experience, they have made it their mission to continue changing lives one client at a time.