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    Default no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    I know I will need a measuring cup but until then, how can i measure say 1 cup for now? Is 1 cup approx the size of a standard coffee mug?

    How can I measure chop meat without a scale or measuring tools??
    Is there an approximate way I can measure for now?

    I don't even have a bathroom scale!

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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    Quote Originally Posted by synthetic View Post
    I know I will need a measuring cup but until then, how can i measure say 1 cup for now? Is 1 cup approx the size of a standard coffee mug?
    Technically, there is no such thing as a standard coffee mug because coffee mugs are different sizes. They may contain anywhere from 6 fluid ounces to 10 fluid ounces. A standard measuring cup contains 8 fluid ounces.

    Look around your pantry/refrigerator and see if you have a container to which you know the fluid ounces/volume it contains. For example, if you have a bottle of water. Look how much fluid it contains. If it contains 16 ounces, then you can cut the bottle to half for an approximate 1 cup measure.

    But seriously, measuring cups and measuring spoons are relatively inexpensive. I've seen them at dollar stores for $1.

    How can I measure chop meat without a scale or measuring tools??
    there is really no need to measure meat with a scale or a measuring cup, because meat generally doesn't contain carbs. So it is a food you can eat, without measuring.


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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    ahhh.. right. great idea. thank you!

    I will go to the dollar store to get a measuring cup but for now, this is a great idea.

    The reason I wanted to measure the meat was because I just joined fit day which has a pie chart and wanted to make sure I don't have too much protien and too little fat.

    Cause I have noticed that I use olive oil as a fat only product to cook food, but I do not use butter on my eggs. I have read that if you don't get enough fat in your diet atkins won't work.
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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    atkins is a high healthy fat moderate protein low carb way of eating but because fats are relatively high cal per gram small amounts will go far to keep your % in line. Dr Atkins measures in teaspoons not cups for fats
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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    Quote Originally Posted by synthetic View Post
    ahhh.. right. great idea. thank you!

    I will go to the dollar store to get a measuring cup but for now, this is a great idea.
    Occasionally, dollar stores have sewing supplies and carry measuring tapes too.

    The reason I wanted to measure the meat was because I just joined fit day which has a pie chart and wanted to make sure I don't have too much protien and too little fat.

    Cause I have noticed that I use olive oil as a fat only product to cook food, but I do not use butter on my eggs. I have read that if you don't get enough fat in your diet atkins won't work.
    the most important thing is the fat. Typically 1-2 tablespoons of an added fat will give you a high fat diet on Atkins. So that's like 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise or 1 tablespoon of olive oil on your veggies, with your lunch and dinner.

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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    Since I signed up on Fitday, I want to know if fitday is accurate with the 1 cup of beef cooked. (i am using 80% lean chop meat) so I picked 1 cup of beef cooked is 386 calories, 26.2 g of fat..

    I guess this would be correct if fitday is saying thats what it is???

    I like fitday's pie chart so thats why I wanted to get the protein fat correct
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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    Did you have 1 cup of beef?

    Generally meat is weighed in ounces.

    And it's generally best to enter your food in Fitday in the raw state.
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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    ok, thank you.. I will do that then....

    I'll change my 1 cup of raw meat to 8 ounces on fitday.

    thanks!
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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    Did you eat 8 ounces though?

    And ... don't forget that 1 cup is 8 ounces by volume, not 8 ounces by weight.
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    Default Re: no measuring cup, how can I measure?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2big4mysize View Post
    atkins is a high healthy fat moderate protein low carb way of eating but because fats are relatively high cal per gram small amounts will go far to keep your % in line. Dr Atkins measures in teaspoons not cups for fats
    You weren't around here when we had a member who used to drink shots of olive oil.........lol.
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