If you want to lose weight, you need to eat less – period! Any diet in the world only works because it controls the amount of food you eat. There are lots of different diets, some better than others, but without a doubt they all work because they stop you from eating as much as normal.
There are lots of ways to eat fewer calories including:
- Eat less fat
- Eat fewer meals
- Eat smaller meals
- Eat more protein and less carbs
- Eat from smaller plates
- Choose lower calorie options
- Cut out sugar
However, the easiest way to make sure you are eating less but not starting yourself it to use portion control containers.
Many eating plans specify how many calories you need to eat or how many grams of protein, fat, or carbs you are allowed. These numbers might be based on your metabolic rate, how much weight you need to lose, or some other arbitrary number.
However, if you have targets to hit, you are going to have to know more about the food you are eating. How many calories does it contain? How many grams of fat? How much sugar? You get the idea!
This invariably involves weighing and recording all the food you eat. You might use a calorie tracker app to make this a little but easier but, however you do it, you are going to have to get used to the idea of weighing all your food.
I don’t know about you but that sounds like a lot of work to me! And as soon as any diet seems to be more trouble than its worth, I know I’ll give up on it pretty darn fast. I’m not alone either – many of our readers have the exact same opinion.
Thankfully, there is an alternative to counting calories that is every bit as effective but way, way, WAY easier! That method is portion control containers.
Portion control containers are brilliantly simple but super effective. Each container is designed to measure one specific food group. Instead of weighing your food, you simple measure it with the appropriate container.
There are different brands available and this are my favorites.
If you are doing 21 Day Fix, I recommend this 2 options as this are the ones designed to be used with the 21-Day Fix eating plan.
In that set, you get seven containers, each color-coded so you know which one to use when.
- Purple = fruit
- Green = vegetables
- Red = protein
- Orange = seeds and oils
- Yellow = carbs
- Blue = healthy fats and cheese
Using the portion control containers, you can easily control your food intake without having to weigh your food. For example, you might make your main meals from two green containers full of veggies, one red container of protein, one yellow container of carbs, and half a blue container of healthy fats.
If you follow the 21-Day Fix diet, you’ll soon learn how many containers worth of food you should eat to lose weight and there are also recipes that specify which containers to use.
So, if you are fed up with either guessing how much food you should eat, or wasting your time weighing your foods, you really should try using portion control containers instead.
Counting calories really is a drag and is probably the last thing you want to do when you are preparing a meal. Using portion control containers is a very good alternative to counting calories that still allows you to reduce your food intake and lose weight. Simply put, using calorie control containers make losing weight easy!