How Can a Bento Box help you lose weight?
If you have been following my blog for a while you know I’m allergic to exercise but I’m still conscious of watching my figure. Restaurants scare the crap out of me. Why? Because they always blow my regiment. While thankfully, there are now several restaurants that list their nutritional content, it’s no fun picking out foods that suck just to stay on track. Typically anything that tastes good, is absolutely loaded with calories and fat. Yes, I know it’s not the most enjoyable way to live, but believe me, I feel worse when I step on the scale after a day of eating poorly and see the numbers have increased from the previous week.
So to maintain my weight, I religiously count calories, read labels, and practice portion control. It’s not easy. Even home cooked meals are hard to calculate since they are generally made for the whole family. But there is a product out there that can help you control your portions, especially for home cooked family style meals – and essentially can help you lose weight. It’s called a Bento Box and I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to test this one out this Bento Lunch Box by Lifemark Labs exchange for an honest review.
What is a Bento Box?
See the definition from wikipedia below:
Bento (弁当 bentō?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Bentos are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋 bentō-ya?), railway stations, and department stores. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves.
What is so great about this Bento Box?
While this Bento Box from Lifemark Labs is unlike traditional wooden or lacquer boxes from Japan, it has the same concept, but it is definitely more practical for today’s busy family.
This Bento Box is 100% Food Grade BPA Free Plastic and are Microwave and Freezer Safe. *Note, the top is not microwave safe so you will have to remove the lid when nuking your meal. The compartments are leak proof while sealed so you can keep your bread separate from your soup and it won’t turn into a soggy mess – even if you drop it! Also the box is dishwasher safe which makes clean up super easy.
So as you can see, a Bento Box keeps your portions separate. This is really helpful for taking leftovers to work or for kids (and even some adults) who hate their food touching. This Bento Box seals really well. It has 4 plastic “locks’ to keep everything in place. To open the box, you flip up the locks on the side then push down in the center where it says “push” to release the pressure. Then just lift off the top and it should pop right open.
Can a Bento Box really help you to lose weight?
Yes! You can use it to portion meals into perfect sizes to control exactly how much and how many calories you are eating. I filled a measuring cup with water so that so I can tell you exactly how much they hold. The two small partitions each hold 2/3 oz of liquid or approximately 5.5 oz. The large one holds 1.5 cups of liquid or approximately 12 oz . The whole box holds 800ml of food/Liquid which = 3.38 cups. In fact I prefer to use this Bento Box as an alternative to plates!
As long as you fill each each compartment with healthy choices like 1 portion meat, and the other 2 with grains, and/or veggies, this should be a great way to help you on your quest for weight loss. To find the calories of the food you are eating, you will need to read labels or you can use a great app like Myfitnesspal to do most of the work for you. But since you know exactly how much you are portioning, it takes a lot of the guesswork out of how much you are actually eating. Of course if you fill it with cake, candy, and ice cream, you’re on your own. 🙂
These Bento Boxes are available in 4 colors: Blue, Green, Purple, and Orange. You can find this Bento Box from Lifemark Labs on Amazon for around $17.
Disclosure: These products were received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**