10/16/2011 11:22 am ET Updated Dec 16, 2011

4 Ways Measuring Cups And Spoons Helped Me Get To A Healthy Weight

By Tina Haupert
When I gained more than 20 pounds after college, I knew I wasn’t taking the best care of myself. I was eating fattening foods (hello, nachos and beer!) and skipping my workouts at the gym, but I didn’t know where to start with losing weight.
For most of my life, my weight was never an issue. Counting calories was a foreign concept to me. But I knew if I wanted to lose those unwanted pounds, I needed to do something. Around that same time, a friend of mine told me about, a free online weight-loss journal that tracks calories, exercise, goals and progress. It made keeping track of what I was eating easy -- for the most part.

Foods that clearly stated the serving size (1 slice of bread, 15 crackers) or came in a single-serving package (a 6-ounce container of yogurt, a single granola bar) were easy to track. I just looked at the calorie count and entered it into my online journal. Other foods were a bit more difficult to track, however, such as cereal, pasta and nut butters. Even though the serving size on these containers was clearly marked, I didn’t know if I was eating what was considered a serving. I halfheartedly kept track of these calories, but I knew hundreds of them went unaccounted for each day.

Eventually, I realized I wasn’t being completely honest with my weight-loss efforts, and I started to pay more attention to serving sizes with the help of measuring cups and spoons. Here’s how these slimming kitchen gadgets helped me lose weight.