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Bento Portions

nicoteena 3:07am, 5 April 2006
It seems like most bentos are fairly small compared to the portions I'm used to being served at restaurants. I have been wondering if most people eat more frequent, small meals as opposed to only a few large meals per day.

I heard eating smaller meals more frequently is better for your digestion and metabolism. I've also heard a lot of people on diets do this.

Any thoughts?
JustCallMeViv 16 years ago
The bentos I have are waaay smaller than I usualy eat, but that's probably a good thing, LOL! Eating smaller more frequent meals works for a lot of people who are trying to lose weight. For others 3 larger but square meals works. I am somewhere in between! When I pack bentos I only will pack one for the day but it usually the quality of food makes the smaller meal pretty satisfying if that makes sense..
veggiekitty 16 years ago
Yeah I heard that too and most bento boxes are for smaller servings. Personally I tend to eat it over the course of two class blocks at school with a small dessert afterschool though I think it varies from person to person how much and how often to eat is best.
I think it depends on the person and what's packed. Some days my meals are way more filling/satisfying than others.
lexvegas 16 years ago
if you eat from a bento box for awhile, your stomach will start to adjust to the smaller portions. i can no longer eat half of the food served to me at restaurants. i read a "FYI" in a textbook saying that people from Okinawa, Japan are some of the longest living in the world - in part because they eat until they are 80% full (NOT 100% full). i don't know how true that is, but i do know that when i gorge on food i feel really bleh.
nicoteena 16 years ago
I feel really bleh too, but only at a certain point. I've learned to avoid the point, but I know I still over-eat in terms of what our portions are supposed to be. I'm hoping to train my stomach to smaller meals soon because I don't like feeling hungry -- except that it means I get to eat ~__^
OMBF / Obiwan Bento 15 years ago
I'm with lexvegas on this one. Since I began learning from both Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions and Mireille Giuliano's French Women Don't Get Fat, portion sizes have been gradually shrinking all by theirselves. The process was already well along when I bought my first bento. (If it's not bento, it's cake plates :))

I still eat 3 meals a day and a couple of snacks, but it amounts to about half as much food as I ate this time last year.
ysetiawa 15 years ago
I've just started training my stomach using bento boxes as my New Year resolution. When I just started, I thought, my my.. this is kid's portion. But after I read USDA pyramid guideline, that's exactly IT!! We are just so used to overeat. 21 day.. I've lost 5 lbs on "Bento Diet"
Krebstar5 15 years ago
I've found that my bentos can be a mixed bag. When I just make a little salad, I find myself really hungry when I get home from work. Stir-fried meals or meals that have rice on the side are always pretty filling and more than enough for me. I'm trying to lose weight for the new year, so I'm hoping that bentos will help keep me in line.
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