Frequently Asked Questions
How can it give an accurate measure, as food comes in different shapes and sizes?
The MealKitt was developed taking an average calorie and weight from over 200 different types of food. This allowed us to create an average portion size for your protein, carbohydrates and fats each day, depending on your diet goal.
How was the concept developed?
It was inspired by, and evolved from an ancient method of portion control. The concept involves using your hands to measure out the portions of Macro nutrients needed each day. This concept was redesigned and adapted to consider all weight goals for men and women.
How big is it and how much does it weigh?
It is about the size of an A4 piece of paper and about 75mm in height. It is a solid, beautifully crafted product weighing 1.4 kg (2.5 lbs).
The chopping board is .4 Kg (0.8 lbs) and both are BPA FREE
What is the Size & Tea Spoon Guide for on the Chopping Board?
he size guide icon gives an indication of the recommended size in which to cut your food, so to allow foods to fit more efficiently inside the relevant sections of the MealKitt.
The Teaspoon size guide is to be used to measure the recommended allowance of Peanut Butter, Honey or Syrup or any other sauces. The amount used will reflect your own personal diet goal.
- To lose weight, women would use a 1/2 measure, and men would use 1 measure.
- To maintain weight, women would use 1 measure, and men would use 1 ½ measures
- To gain weight, women would use 1 ½ measures, and men would use 2 measures
What is the Green Cup for?
MealKitt was designed to be used with every day cooked or ready to eat foods.
The Green Cup was designed to reduce food waste from expandable foods such as rice, oats, and pulses.
If you measure these out after cooking, this can lead to waste by cooking too much. The Green Cup allows you to measure uncooked rice, oats, and pulses before you cook them.
One diet number on the Big Green Cup = 1/2 way up on the Slider Scoop.
The Green Cup is also used for measuring fruit and veg portion sizes referred to in the MealKitt Nutrition Guide.
What if I just want to use it to see if I am having enough of one food group?
You can use the MealKitt to get a visual representation of the amount of one food group you should be eating on average per day.
For example, you think your diet is pretty good, but you just want to make sure your eating enough protein. Just use the protein section.
What are the calorie and grams markers on the MealKitt?
You can use the MealKitt as an average reference for the amount of calories for each food group you should be eating each day. Alternatively, you can measure food to the average weight amount.
They are simply indicators. but as all food is different sizes and weights. There are only to be used as a very rough estimate.
Please note, the MealKitt is only an average guide line for your Macro nutrients each day.
We have also included a grams to ounces conversion table in the user guide.
Do you use the MealKitt?
The concept of the MealKitt was developed to help my mother and I with our diets. We both used the early prototype to help us with portion control and the results were fantastic. These results sparked the development of the full MealKitt product.
I Lost 50lbs in 5 Months using the prototype Mealkitt and 30 mins exercise a day.
My mother used it after she dramatically lost 150 lbs after her gastric bypass to fight malnutrition. We were the test subjects for the MealKitt and are proof that knowing portion sizes and nutrition is key to a healthy weight. Her weight change and diet was so remarkable, she was even featured on BBC Radio 4 talking about how portion control was the key to her success.
What if I don't always want to cut up my food?
We have included equivalent average calories or weight next to each diet line moulded into the MealKitt. When you don't want to cut up food, you can always use more traditional methods to measure. This product is adaptable to meet every need.
We will also include a grams to ounces conversion table in the user guide.
What were the average calorie amounts based on for the MealKitt?
For a healthy balanced diet, a man needs around 10,500kJ (2,500Kcal) a day to maintain his weight.
For a woman, that figure is around 8,400kJ (2,000Kcal) a day. These values can vary depending on age, metabolism and levels of physical activity, among other things.
Calorie information was taken from the UK’s National Health Service national guidelines. For more information visit www.NHS.co.uk
What does BPA Free mean?
BPA is a common chemical, also known as 4,4’-dihydroxy-2,2-diphenylpropane. It is mainly used in combination with other chemicals in the manufacture of plastics and resins.
BPA is used in the production of polycarbonate, a high-performance transparent, rigid plastic. Polycarbonate is used to make food containers, such as some beverage bottles, infant feeding (baby) bottles, tableware (plates and mugs) and storage containers.
Residues of BPA are also present in epoxy resins, used to make protective coatings and linings for food and beverage cans and vats.
BPA can migrate in small amounts into food and beverages stored in materials containing the substance. As it is such a common chemical that has been in use for several decades, it can be found in small quantities in the urine of most adults.
How may BPA affect you?
The science is not yet completely clear on how BPA may affect humans. BPA may mimic hormones and interfere with the endocrine system of glands, which release hormones around the body. Some scientists think that if it interferes with sex hormones, this could affect puberty or the menopause or cause cancers that are related to hormones. Those calling for a ban suggest that it may be a factor in a rising numbers of human illnesses, such as breast cancer, heart disease and genital birth defects.
There is a growing call to stop manufacturing plastics with BPA and using BPA in food containers as there are less hazardous alternatives.