Knowing the right portion to use is important when you want to lose weight or keep your diabetes under control. It is especially important after bariatric surgery of any type. It makes good sense to make sure you are not over-serving yourself, and it’s also one way to make sure you aren’t shorting yourself of something you could have more of, if you so desire. Measuring servings can help you get into a different routine with your eating now and help you learn what healthy serving sizes look like for the future.
Measuring has been one of the tools found for not only losing weight, but keeping it off long-term. Research shows that people tend to eat the amount of food on their plate, even when they aren’t hungry. Measuring portions make it much easier to stay on track later on when those old habits try to return.
Knowing your portions after surgery will help you keep your new pouch small, eat less, return to health, and stay there.
- 2 Tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce = 1/8 cup
- 4 Tablespoons = 2 fluid ounces = 1/4 cup
- 8 Tablespoons = 4 fluid ounces = 1/2 cup
- 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces
- 1 Tablespoon = 15g = 15 ccs
- 1 cc water = l gram
During the clear liquid phase, you will most likely be consuming 2 Tablespoons of diluted juice at a time. 3 Tablespoons of chicken broth or diet gelatin — a total of no more than 1/2 cup (or 8 Tablespoons) per meal.
As you progress to full liquids and the soft diet phases, you will be consuming 1/2 cup portions each meal—consisting of 1/4 cup protein selection and 1/4 cup of carbohydrates.
Resuming a regular diet, you will be able to eat no less than 1/2 cup portions and no more than 1 cup. Meat portions should be about 2 ounces.
Once on maintenance, you meals should be about 1 cup per meal — not exceeding 1 1/2 cups per meal.
Make sure you get enough liquids in during the day as well. Make a habit of filling a water bottles each morning as a part of your routine so that you can keep track of how much you’re taking in.
With a little practice you will be able to memorize and recall the difference between each portion size. With this knowledge, maintaining your healthy diet will be easier and soon become second nature.
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If you are considering bariatric surgery, contact Dr. Shawn Tsuda. Together with his expert team, you can design the perfect weight-loss plan for your unique case.