by Emily Herrington
Who doesn’t love eating out every now and then? After all, it’s a welcome reprieve from having to cook after a long day of work; it’s a fun social event; and the food just seems to taste better than when you make it youself.
However, dining in restaurants can be quite stressful if you’re on a diet, and especially if you’re trying to lose weight. After all, you typically have no clue what the nutritional information looks like, and it’s difficult to tell how much of your entree you should eat. Entrees are supposed to be the main course for one person, right?
Are We Getting Hungrier?
Restaurants and growing plate and food sizes have completely warped our perception of what proper portions should look like.
It’s no secret that Americans today eat more than we used to. In the past few decades, foods have gradually expanded in size. According to a study by the Journal of Nutrition, the typical size of different foods has grown by 138%. If you ordered spaghetti and meatballs in the 1970s, you’d get an 8-oz. plate of food. Now, the average serving size is a whopping 16 oz.
The funny thing about this phenomenon is we don’t even realize it’s happening. When we are served larger portions, we simply compensate and eat more. And more often than not, we’re not even aware that we’re eating more.
What a wrench this can throw in our weight loss plans! Portion control is the key to beating overeating, but it can be a lot easier said than done.
Current Portion Control Solutions
Whether you’re on a ketogenic diet or something else, portion control is crucial for boosting your effectiveness and seeing your desired results.
Here’s a glimpse at some of the most common portion control tools and their pros and cons.
- Food scale
Pro: A classic, logical solution.
Con: Weighing food can be cumbersome and time-consuming. You also have to make calculations beforehand in order to know your serving size.
Pro: Easy to use, inexpensive.
Con: They’re one-size-fits-all — every person receives the same size measuring plate. That means a 120-pound woman and 200-pound man are basing their intakes off the same measurement.
- Portion control measuring rings
Pro: Portable, various sizes
Con: You have to already be aware of your personal portion size and what it looks like because there are no precise measurements on the rings.
As you can see, the current options just scratch the surface of managing and measuring ideal portions.
A New Solution
The newest portion control solution is getting ready to launch on Kickstarter this summer. It’s called MugDiet, and it makes portion measurements custom fit. On the website, you input your gender, height, weight, age, and activity level to calculate and order the mug size you need to meet your goals. Every day, eat three mugs of main-course meals like proteins, fats, carbs, and vegetables; three mugs of leafy greens; and no more than three mugs of caloric drinks. The MugDiet website also has a progress tracker and Instagram integration for a food diary and goal meeting.
MugDiet becomes a mental shield against overeating because it encourages you to only eat what fits in your mug. It also trains you to be able to spot what the right portion size for your body looks like. This helps take the anxiety out of dining in restaurants!
Pros: It makes the portion size calculations for you so you don’t have to guess. It’s customized for different body sizes. It protects you from overeating. It integrates with the technology you use every day to help you track your meals and progress.
Cons: You have to be okay with scooping your food into and out of a mug!
Some great tips for successfully crushing your portion control goals are:
- Eat your greens first.
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat slowly and enjoy every bite.
- Serve your meals on smaller plates.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake! Just make up for it next time.
What are your favorite portion control tools and tips?
My Thoughts on the MugDiet
I believe the Mugdiet could prove to be an effective tool when doing the keto lifestyle. It’s especially geared for individuals who want to measure their macros while doing a low carb ketogenic diet, without using a tracking tool. Using this portion control measuring tool may make the whole process less cumbersome and therefore more sustainable. If you’re looking for an easier way to track your macros on keto diet consider the MugDiet. Hilda Solares
Emily Herrington is a content specialist and brand ambassador for MugDiet. MugDiet is a portion control measurement tool and weight maintenance program that is launching on Kickstarter this summer.
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