1 A Food Scale

Portion control is essential to ensuring you’re in an appropriate caloric surplus or deficit to achieve your goals. It’s more important than your macronutrient breakdown or specific nutrient timing, even though it isn’t nearly as hip.

Sure, estimating and eyeballing portions may get you so far—and I’ve written in the past about my fondness for the “palm” method—but if a drastic transformation is your goal, there’s no substitute for the scale. It will give you a truly objective picture of portion size that you can’t get any other way.

food scale

If you’ve stalled in your quest for monster size or are struggling to shred, it’s almost certain that your portions are out of whack. For those of you who’ve been consistently trying to put on weight, eyeballing may cause you to shortchange yourself. On the other hand, if you’re looking to shed a few pounds, eyeballing may result in eating far more food than you should. This is especially true if you’re portioning in a hungry state.

Spend even just a few weeks with the scale, and both problems will be far easier to solve.