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12 Affordable tools that make dieting easier

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

Dieting is not for the faint of heart. But if you're going to do it, you might as well load up on these 12 affordable gadgets that make dieting a little easier.

Heck, you might even have some fun while cutting your calories.

1. Caloric Cuvee

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

Wine has some health benefits, but it's also full of calories. This wine glass will show you just how many calories you're throwing back by downing glass after glass, so you can make an informed decision for your health. (Caloric Cuvee, $20)

2. Digital food scale

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

Keep yourself honest with a digital food scale. This one from Williams-Sonoma is compact and features an LCD screen so you can easily see how much food you are eating in ounces and grams. (Williams-Sonoma, $20)

3. Portion control plate

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

When in doubt, you can't go wrong with extra veggies. This portion control plate will help you fill your plate with the nutrients you need, in the portions that are best for your body. (Zazzle, $30).

4. Kitchen herb garden

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

One of the best ways to purge extra fat and calories from your diet is to season your food with fresh herbs, rather than excess butter and oils. Keep it simple by growing your own compact herb garden in your kitchen. (Home Depot, $63)

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5. Herb scissors

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

Speaking of herbs, whip your fresh ones into shape with an awesome pair of herb scissors. These bad boys chop your fresh herbs with their five pairs of blades so that you can add fresh flavor to your meals in a flash. (Target, $12)

6.The NutriBullet

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

I have one of these. And I can attest to you that it is the fastest way to make a smoothie out of whichever delicious ingredients you can find in your fridge. Spinach, nuts, frozen berries — anything is game. (NutriLiving, $90)

7. Hydration tracker

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

One of the best ways to control your calorie intake and stay satisfied is by drinking enough water each day. It is seriously that simple — and even more simple with this hydration-tracking water bottle. (Lucky Vitamin, $20)

8. Tovolo silicone vegetable steamer

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

Steam your healthy veggies quickly — and without adding fat and oil — by utilizing this silicone steamer with the pans you already own. (Dealtz, $35)

9. Food Huggers

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

Food huggers are the awesome kitchen tools that you didn't know you needed. They keep your veggies fresh so you don't have to worry about them going bad, which ostensibly can help you up your intake. (Food Huggers, $10)

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10. Spiral slicer

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

Nix your refined carb intake with a noodle slicer that will allow you to spiral slice zucchini and other squash for your own homemade veggie noodles. (Bed Bath & Beyond, $30)

11. Portion control dressing cruet

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

Salad dressing is a great way to spice up your salads and fresh veggies, but it's only good for a diet if you know how much you're using. Concerned? Use this portion-control salad dressing cruet to keep your portions in check. (Amazon, $9)

12. The Misfit Shine

Gadgets and doohickies that make dieting easier — and a little more fun

When it comes to activity trackers, there are many reputable devices that can keep track of your calorie burn and sleep cycles. We love the Misfit Shine, though, because of its affordable price point and its stylish design. (Misfit, $70, chain not included)

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