Wondering why would you need an electronic food scale if you've had bariatric surgery?
Isn't portion control a natural consequence of gastric lap-band surgery?
Well, in theory, yes...
...but that's not always the case.
It is possible to overeat after weight loss surgery.
Overeating is more likely to occur if you're eating soft, mushy foods, eating quickly, eating mindlessly, allowing yourself to get overly hungry, and straying from the 10 Commandments of Bariatric Eating.
Overeating obviously undermines your weight loss efforts, but doing so after gastric band surgery can also cause you to vomit or develop a dilated pouch and esophagus.
Using a diet food scale to accurately weigh your portions is one of the best weight loss tricks I know of! Regularly reminding yourself of appropriate portion sizes is, hands down, one of the smartest things you can and should do.
And imagine being able to weigh your food not just for weight, but for calories and nutrients. It IS possible!
This electronic food scale does just that.
This scale is VERY cool! Punch in what you're eating, then weigh it. Get back all the info you could want...calories, carbs, protein, fat, fiber, sodium, etc.! Regulate calories, nutrients and portion size.
Are you getting all the nutrition you need?
One of the most common concerns my clients come to me with is whether or not they're meeting their nutrient needs. (Am I getting enough iron? calcium? B-vitamins?, etc.)
And they're right to be concerned. It's difficult to meet nutrient requirements when you can only eat small amount.
Remember, bariatic vitamins can bridge the nutient gap between the vitamins/minerals you're getting from food and the vitamins/minerals you should be getting from food!
How to get the most out of a home food scale
Am I suggesting your drag your electronic food scale everywhere with you and weigh and measure all your foods and record nutrient intake for the rest of your life?
But I think weighing your food daily for as little as two weeks is a great way to familiarize yourself with appropriate portion sizes and your nutrient balance.
Think you know what 2 oz looks like? Are you sure? Using a scale leaves no room for error!
Should you whip out your scale at a restaurant? Of course not...
...but using it at home will help you better judge portions when you are dining out.
After a couple of weeks you'll be better at eyeballing your portions. However...
...our eyes tend to grow...
...and over time your serving of chicken, for example, gets just slightly bigger...
...and before you know it, you're back to the old portion sizes again.
That's why it's not a bad idea to plan to use your diet food scale 1 week per month in order to reign in portions and reassess your nutritional balance before things have a chance to get out of control (again).
Food scales have come a long way, haven't they?!
Of course you can find a basic food scale that simply weighs your food. It will do the job too.
However, an electronic food scale takes things to the next level by calculating your nutrients too.
What more could I ask for as a bariatric dietitian?!
This is a great tool to add to your weight loss surgery "tool box."