Unconscious Eating

What the heck is “unconscious eating” anyway, well let me explain….

If you think about it for a minute you probably know what it is already.  It is all those snacks, and “little bites”, and things you eat “on the run” that we don’t really pay attention to.  They are really so small that “they don’t really matter anyway”, right?….well I’m sorry, but that is most definitely wrong! 

That unconscious eating can add up very quickly, this is particularly true if you are a band patient.  Remember with the band that sweets, snacks, and junk foods are very easy to eat, they go thru the band very easily.  Just a few numbers will give you an idea of how the calories can add up, and stop weight loss.

An easy number to remember is if you want to lose weight is to consume less than 1000 calories per day and definitely less than 1500 calories per day.  If you are excercising and stay under 1500 calories per day almost all people will lose weight.

But now lets see how easy it is to put the calories on:  that single bag of chips you had sitting at your desk (Now I can’t remember….did I really have that bag of chips???) has 150-180 calories. 

That donut with your cup of coffee while you were driving to work (that doesn’t count….it wasn’t a “meal”) has anywhere from 250-450 calories…ouch!  (Go ahead, I dare you…. check dunkin donuts website www.dunkindonuts.com its under the “about us” tab).  That little bite you had when you got home (I needed something to “tide me over” until dinner) probably has 300 calories.  I think you get the point.

If your goal is to stay under 1500 calories it doesn’t take much to go way above it, if you aren’t paying attention.  It is one of the reasons that Karla and I will sometimes recommend keeping a food diary to bring up to consciousness everything you’ve consumed during the day, and so avoid “unconscious eating”.  I think you can see just from these simple examples how unconscious eating can really sabotage your attempts at weight loss.

Now it may seem like work to manage all of this, but then again most worthwhile goals in life, will require work.  The team and I are here to support you, and patients are welcome to make an appointment with Karla for one on one nutritional counseling, if they feel they need it.

As an added bonus let me recommend that If any of one are fans of “junk food” go to McDonald’s website, www.mcdonalds.com and click on the “nutritional information” tab.  I think you’ll find the information there enlightening and maybe a little scary!  Two quick examples,  large french fries (brace yourself) has 500 calories, the Creamy Ceasar salad dressing (salads are healthy, aren’t they??) has 190 calories (but wait, it gets better, 170 of those calories are from fat!), a reminder of why you always have to know how many calories are in the salad dressing that you use. Salad, by themselves, are healthy its what gets added (the dressing) that makes it less so.

Ask Karla

Since we’ve talking about nutrtional information, I just wanted to remind everyone we have a new feature, “Ask Karla”.  If you have any nutritional questions you can email them to laf@gsbswc.com and Karla will answer them in an upcoming newsletter.  Also if you are looking for some healthy recipes, you can go to my website www.gsbwc.com and there is a “recipe” tab on the home page with some tasty, and nutritious recipes that Karla has put together.

Support Groups

We have our support group meetings this month:

Wednesday, June 10th for patients who had surgery less than one year ago
Wednesday, June 17th for Gastric Band patients
Wednesday, June 24th for patients who had surgery over one year ago.

They will all be held at 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ (across from the Livingston Mall) from 6:00 pm until about 7:30 pm.

End Quote:

This weeks end quote is from Wayne Gretsky (if you never heard of him, he is the Michael Jordan of hockey).

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take”
Wayne Gretsky

As always, thanks for reading and trusting me with your healthcare,
Michael Bilof

Contact Information

web site address: https://www.gsbwc.com
phone: (973) 218-1990

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