Hello. I’m weight loss Doctor Terry Simpson. One of the exercises I like my weight loss surgery patients to do is measuring the amount of food they eat. Whether it be a Gastric plication or a Lap-band weight loss surgery patient (or a Gastric Sleeve surgery patient). The reason is once you see how much less you can eat and get by with, the better you will be. So, how do you measure it, and what’s the exercise? Twice a week we like our weight loss surgery patients to specifically measure their food – four ounces of meat, fish or poultry and six ounces of vegetables. That’s the meal. Eat that meal and then see how you feel in two hours. Now, if you can’t eat all that, that’s fine. If you feel like that’s too much, stop. Just eat what you can. Measure when you can to see where you are. How do you do that? In the old days, we used to tell people to measure in cups. Kind of difficult to to do that, chopping up things. Now we say, measure on a scale. It’s a lot easier to do. You just throw it on the scale pretty easily. You can get some interesting, accurate information..
Two things happened as a result of this exercise. For our Lap-band surgery patients, they discovered that they can eat a lot less. It also serves as an early warning system if they need an adjustment to their Lap-band. If they find that at two hours they start to feel hungry or feel a need to go to the grocery store, they are a danger to themselves. Because when all of a sudden Ben and Jerry’s, processed and crappy food start looking really good – they know they need an adjustment. If after eating, they find they can go three to four hours before getting hungry again, what they’ve discovered is that small amount of food satisfies them. The more feedback you get that a small amount of food can satisfy you, the less likely it is you will overeat.
The same with our Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Plication weight loss surgery patients. We know our Gastric Sleeve and Gastric plication patients can eat about a cup of food. It’s pretty easy to measure that. So measure it and see how much you can eat and be satisfied. Once you get in the habit of measuring your food, it’s much easier to control your portion size. You’re not going to stretch anything out. You’re not going to overeat. And, you’re going to lose weight a lot faster. Our successful long term weight loss surgery patients; meaning they’ve been out of surgery for five years and have lost all their excess weight down below a BMI of 24, do this at least twice a week. So, we have a saying in our profession, “Scale it or fail it.” That’s another way of saying, “If you can measure it, you can manage it.” I’m weight loss Doctor Terry Simpson – good day!