Close control of body composition requires portion control, which means kitchen scales are a necessity for any physique enthusiast. Even if you’re extremely metabolically and athletically gifted, the only way to get close to optimum results is to quantify your portions.
I’ve used many scales over the years. Most were cheap and merely did the job. I finally invested a bit more in these, and it was one of the best purchases I ever made.
Cheap Isn’t Cheerful
It took years before I got so fed up I looked for something better. I just accepted the endless cycle of bargain scales that were inaccurate out of the box, and became downright inconsistent and useless till they had to be thrown out and a new set bought. I assumed that anything good would be cost-prohibitively expensive (and there are certainly very expensive options out there).
Even more inconveniently, I had at least two sets I’d use simultaneously: one in single gram increments, and more accurate sub-gram jewellers scales for occasional weighing of things like creatine and salt.
Steinberg Systems, Model SBS-LW-7500A
I looked around and found this set from Steinburg Systems. They cost about three times as much as I’d been spending on the budget battery-operated ones I’d always used. Not too bad, provided they worked. And that was the thing—I couldn’t find any reviews or info about the reputation of the company.
I took the gamble, and it paid off. It’s been well over a year now, and they’re going strong.
Here’s what I love about them:
- They’re accurate to a tenth of a gram. That means you can even weigh your powdered low-dose supplements like creatine or beta-alanine.
- They weigh all the way up to 7.5 kg. That’s really useful—you can zero the scale with quite a heavy container (such as a pot), and still have plenty of capacity to weigh things. All my previous scales topped out at one or two kilos, which meant a lot of transferring of food and hassle.
- They’re mains and battery powered.
- They have a level bubble and adjustable legs so you can be certain the platform is flat (which helps accuracy and consistency).
- The platform is stainless metal and removable. If you spill anything on it, you can lift it straight off and wash it.
- I weigh in grams, but there are other units available. (Also other features that I haven’t looked into like “counting”. I have no idea what that is, but perhaps you might need it…)
Okay, enough evangelizing. Suffice it to say I love this thing and it would have made life easier if I’d bought it sooner.
Where to Buy
You can buy at amazon.co.uk (£65 and free delivery at time of writing).
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