You are eating wayyyyyy too much cheese!
This is not a blame game, but a testament to the fact we didn't know how to eat right and simply having surgery didn't magically infuse that knowledge.
Our Bariatric Eating Support Group on Facebook will soon have over 100,000 members. With this many people, patterns pop in a very short time and it's clear to me and our team of Administrators that many of you need help with grasping the calorie counts of the foods you consume.
IMPORTANT: Cheese is not a calorie free food. It's actually quite high in calories. One slice of deli cheese is 100 calories. The four cubes of cheese in that photo at the top of the page, that are essentially two pair of cheese dice are 200 calories. When I went sideways a few years ago, one of the 'healthy' foods I used to sabotage my weight loss was Swiss cheese. I would buy an entire pound of Boars Head Swiss Cheese each week. What could be wrong with Swiss Cheese when there wasn't any bread or crackers involved? Lots.
A little Late Night Snack
I was not sleeping very well and while watching The Real Housewives or late night drama I'd head to the fridge and eat a couple of slices of cheese. Rinse and repeat. It is easy for a bariatric post op to eat 500 calories in cheese. It's a "Slider Food" which means that it chews up really smooth and is easy to eat. Oooops!
Put the cheese on the table & step back!
Some of you are drowning in Cheese. Our recipe for Chicken Crust Pizza is healthy if you use 1 cup- which is 4 ounces of shredded part-skim mozzarella- on an entire Pizza Pie. Some of your pies appear to have double or triple that.
Our recipe for Cheesy Meatball Skillet calls for 1 cup total, which is just 4 ounces of shredded part-skim mozzarella, but in some of your photos you can't tell there are meatballs under all that melted cheese.
And our Inspired Pan Pizza? That calls for 1/2 a cup of Mozzarella which is only 2oz, and we're seeing way more than that posted daily.
Even the 'cheese crackers' you are baking - if you make two slices into 8 'crackers' that is 200 calories just like that. Poof. None of these foods are bad, but they can be high calorie in small amounts!
a2 + b2 = c2
Maybe the math is part of the problem. There is a difference between 1 cup of milk which is 8 fluid ounces and 1 cup of cheese which is 4 ounces shredded measured by weight. There are different measuring cups! That glass one with the red markings is for liquids and the metal one is for solids. Cheese is measured in ounces of weight. One ounce of cheese by weight is about 100 calories.
Let's talk about cream cheese: It is super high in fat! After Obesity Surgery, cream cheese is NOT YOUR FRIEND. No eating of the cream cheese, no rolling it up with ham, no blending it into 'Zoodles' Alfredo, no adding it to tuna salad, and no melting it into anything 'for extra creaminess'.
NO NO NO to adding an entire BLOCK of the stuff to a main dish supper - that's 1/2 pound of cream cheese! I used to love cream cheese and would put an obscene amount on an English muffin or bagel. I have not done this in nearly twenty years.
EXCEPTION: If you are making a sugar free cheesecake for a party or special occasion, its a dessert, you know it's a dessert and you may have a small portion after a protein meal.
No adding cream cheese to main dishes though. Big difference. It is important that you understand†that difference... and if not, read it again.
One would think the name alone would deter those needing obesity surgery BUT IT DOES NOT.
This is a *crust* made with huge amounts of cheese and cream cheese that is terrible for any diet. Every day people ask us 'IS THIS OKAY TO EAT' and some give us a hard time for saying NO NO NO. If you do not clearly see that a crust made of a Play Doh of Cream Cheese and Shredded Cheese may be a bad choice, please Google and read a book by Dr. Don Colbert as you would greatly benefit from learning the difference between Dead Foods and Living Foods... but enough about that.
What is a pound?
It takes 3500 calories to either Gain or Lose ONE Pound. If you eat 3500 extra calories you'll GAIN one pound. If you save 3500 calories, you'll LOSE one. Doesn't it already seem harder to lose weight than to gain it? I was eating 16 ounces of cheese a week... which is 1600 calories... which means 'in theory' every two weeks I was gaining one pound from my late night mindless cheese raid alone. Food for thought. You can gain weight eating too much 'heathy' food.
It's time to cut the cheese! Or at least know what you are eating.