Even though your appetite will greatly decrease (consequence of your Bariatric Surgery) you will also feel satisfied with smaller amounts of food; however, the most challenging part of sticking to a dietary plan and avoid overeating especially when away from home, at work or on the run (as most of us) is measuring the portions of food we eat every day.
Frankly, none of us will go out and buy a food scale or take our kitchen’s measuring cup wherever we go. So, how do we practically and accurately keep track of our food portions? (That’s if you don’t have amazing powers of abstraction the likes of Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man) Well, worry no more! A simple widely adopted approach is to compare food portions to every day common objects found anywhere you find yourself at mealtime.
Let’s say for a minute that your dietary plan includes the following amounts of each food group, its equivalent should be:
- Vegetables (1 cup of greens) = 1 baseball
- Grains (1/2 cup cooked pasta, rice, oatmeal) = the size of your clenched fist
- Protein (3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry) = the size of a regular deck of cards
- Fruit (1/2 fresh fruit) = 1 incandescent light bulb
- Cheese and/or Dairy (1 and a half ounces) = 2 wine corks
- Peanut butter (2Tbsp.) = 1 ping pong ball
- Saturated fat (Teaspoon butter or spread, mayonnaise) = the size of a poker (casino) chip
Keep in mind that for best results you need to closely follow your doctor’s instructions as well as making healthy food choices, taking part in progressive exercise routines and, finding support from family and friends also, a good place to share experiences is actively participating in weight loss support groups.
Dr. Alejandro Lopez founder and chief bariatric surgeon at ALO Bariatrics specializes in Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Banding, Gastric Bypass, Bariatric Revisions and Duodenal Switch Surgeries and has more than 9 years of experience with an impressive record of more than 4,000 successful Weight loss surgeries in three strategic and convenient locations in Tijuana, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.