How to Eat "Write"

Submitted by Michael Sofronski, MD

One of the best ways you can prevent weight regain is surprisingly simple – just keep track of what you eat. Michael Sofronski, MD, board certified general surgeon specializing in robotically assisted bariatric surgery, has been performing weight-loss surgery at Beebe Healthcare since 2007. One of the main steps after surgery for Dr. Sofronski’s patients is a food journal. Even if bariatric surgery isn't needed, a food journal could help you achieve your health goals. 
Michael Sofronski, MD
Be Thorough. 
First, the journal needs to be comprehensive and include all food and beverages. Tracking your intake provides a measure of accountability and helps you to recognize how often you may be breaching your plan, 
Dr. Sofronski says. 
Stick to the Plan. 
Dr. Sofronski recommends five small meals. He also recommends minimizing excess sugars and unnecessary fats, not overdoing starches, and maximizing lean protein sources and vegetables. No more than one fruit per day, he says, and don’t drink your calories!
Don’t Count. 
It’s not all about the numbers when it comes to fats, carbohydrates, protein, and sodium. 
“I ask my patients to track quality and not calories or numbers,” says Dr. Sofronski. “If they eat the way I ask (see left), they naturally get in the appropriate requirements.”

Food Journal Tips

Identifying the Whys
Why do you eat when you’re not hungry? Why do you choose to eat chocolate over fruit? Why do you buy certain foods at the grocery store? These are all questions a food journal can help answer. 
Learning How Dining Companions Impact Habits
Do you find yourself eating more food when dining with friends and family compared to going to lunch with your colleagues or eating alone? Your dining companions can affect what you eat.
Eliminating Mindless Eating
Sometimes you eat, unaware of how much you consume because of distraction by people or everyday activities. Mindless eating contributes to consuming more than you probably should. 
Matching Perceptions with Reality
You may believe that you drink tons of water a day and eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, but food journaling might open your eyes to a new reality. 
Dr. Michael Sofronski offers robotically assisted bariatric surgery at Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery. He sees patients at Beebe General Surgery’s offices at the Rehoboth Health Campus. To request more information or schedule a consultation, call 302-313-2000.