You found a delicious sounding recipe, but the measurements are in grams. You know it's vital to measure your ingredients accurately. What do you do now? How do you measure a gram with your tablespoon?

    You don't, that's how. What you can do is convert your grams to pounds or ounces. Now you have an accurate measurement, allowing you to then use pounds or ounces to weigh out your ingredients.

    Don't worry if you don't know the conversion ratio. Using our conversion calculator can help you convert up to 40 weight and mass units with minimal effort.


    What can a grams to pounds calculator do?

    A gram to pound calculator will let you convert various weight measurements within the metric system or to the imperial system (and vice versa).

    It's a helpful tool to convert measurements when you don't know the conversion rates. This is a dilemma that has faced nations since ancient Rome.

    Grams and pounds have found a place in our lives defining weight and mass. You may not encounter pounds in cooking, but with this guide, you'll be prepared to handle anything that comes at you in grams, pounds, or ounces.

    How do you convert from grams to pounds?

    For every one gram you have, it equals 0.0022lbs. That means a gram is 0.2% of a pound. To think of it the other direction, 0.0022 pounds are in one gram. The equation to convert is as follows:

      Pounds = grams x 0.0022


      1. When you want to convert grams to pounds, start with your number of total grams.

      2. Take that number and multiply it by .0022.

    The resulting number will give you the weight in pounds.


    Let's assume you have 200gm of cake flour. This is equal to 0.44 pounds.

      200 x 0.0022

      = 0.44

    What are grams?

    A gram is the mass unit in the small unit metric system. This system consists of centimeters, grams, and seconds (cgs).

    Grams are one unit that expresses mass. Use a prefix multiplier of 10 to change grams to a smaller or larger unit.


    If you have 1,000 grams, that equals 1 kilogram. Or to think of it in the other direction, 1 gram equals .001 kilograms.


    Going smaller in measurement, 1 gram equals 1,000 milligrams. If you have 1 milligram, you have .001 of a gram.


    If you have 1,000 micrograms, it equals 1 milligram. This means that you need 1e+6, or 10 to the power of -6 in grams.


    A nanogram is the smallest measurement. It equals 10 to the power of -9 in grams.

    What are pounds?

    Pounds are a unit of measurement in the United States customary and Imperial systems. Today, the definition used is the avoirdupois pound.

    One of these pounds equals 0.45359237 kilograms. This conversation rate is from an agreement in 1959. The United States and the Commonwealth of Nations agreed to a standard definition for easier use.

    The Avoirdupois Pound

    Back in 1300, the wool pound came into use. Today we know it as the Avoirdupois pound.

    It was initially used to refer to 6,992 troy grains. It was later redefined as 7,000 troy grains. Grains here refers to actual grain. Merchants used grains to define the mass of other goods.

    In the 1500s this method got a new definition. The new definition used gold and a barley-corn grain as the basis.

    When were pounds first created?

    The pound has referred to a unit of mass across the world, at different times, and different amounts. The first recorded use is from Rome.

    In ancient Rome, a unit called a libra designated a mass of 328.9 grams. The libra is the origin for the "lb" abbreviation for the pound.

    Other Uses of Pound

    Throughout history, the pound has had a version in France, Germany, and Russia. Great Britain alone has used 6 different versions of the pound. The majority of which are obsolete today.

    What are grams and pounds often used for?

    Grams are a measurement used when needing precise amounts of smaller quantities. Pounds work when measuring the weight of larger items.


    Pounds are not used in cooking unless it is in an industrial application. Grams are often used in countries where the metric system is the standard.

    Health and Fitness

    In the United States, pounds is the method of measurement for expressing a person's weight. The UK is similar but uses a "stone" system. In this system, 1 stone equals 14 pounds.

    The gram is a common method of measurement for nutrition. You will often see it used to express the amount of protein or fat required in a day.


    Grams are often used to measure the weight of precious metals. Pounds are too large of a measurement for these metals.


    Pounds can measure the amount of force or pressure applied to one square inch. It refers to pound-force per square inch or psi.

    If you see psia, this refers to the pressure measured as if it were in a vacuum. Whatever the pressure is, 14.7 gets added. This extra pressure is the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level.

    If you see psig, the means the pressure is relative to the atmospheric pressure. To see the difference, a bicycle tire has a pressure of 65 psi. To make this absolute, add 14.7. The absolute pressure of the tire is 79.7psia.

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