I recently attended Obesity Week 2017 in Washington, DC and had the opportunity to interview several people representing some of the businesses that support the weight loss industry. The following is my conversation with Amanda Clark from the Portion Perfection.
Karol: We’re at Obesity Week continuing to have a good time. I was fortunate enough to be placed right next door to someone amazing from Australia of all places. Her name is Amanda Clark. She’s a registered dietician who has taken some concepts we all need for our patients, whether surgical or medical, and turned into this amazing way to explain concepts. As you all know if you tell someone to eat less and move more it doesn’t do a darn thing. Everyone needs to know how to do that. She’s got a really unique concept on how to make that happen. Amanda, tell us all about it.
Amanda: What I know is that when we, as practitioners, talk to people, 90% of it is forgotten. Only 10%of it sticks. If we write things down, we can help people remember 20%. But if we can show them what’s right and give them a tool to enable them to continue then they’ll have 80% retention. I’ve aimed to do that with portion control and really show people what’s right to eat. This is our bariatric plate. What I’ve recommended is that half our plate is taken up by protein and half with low-starch vegetables (broccoli, carrots, and zucchini). Maybe a bit of carbohydrate if you really want it there. I put the words around the outside of the plate to remind people of the things you need to do to get the best tolerance of food after bariatric surgery. Sometimes people feel like food is getting stuck part way. Then I’ve continued this concept through a pictorial book. I’ve aimed to show people the right amount to eat. I’ve divided the book into different meals. You just choose from the menu and then it’s very simple. You can see how much protein is in the different choices. You can see what the best choice is. You’ve got pretty much unlimited choices. It kinds of takes away that restriction and it’s up to you to try and find your protein and make some good choices.
Karol: What about those people who just want you to tell them what to eat? It can be hard and they don’t want to make those decisions.
Amanda: As a dietician it’s really hard to help those people in a consultation because you start to plan some things out. Then they don’t like it or they need the recipe. I’ve done that as well. I’ve created a full week menu loss plan that’s got three versions of every menu plan. The orange one is for bariatric surgery. The pink one could be for a spouse who’s also aiming to lose weight. With each recipe I’ve identified what proportion of the recipe is the right serving after bariatric surgery. And I’ve provided a portion accurate photo. There it is served on the bariatric plate.
Karol: That’s brilliant. I’ve never seen anything like it. I just felt like it was time to share this with people and let them know that it’s out there as an additional way to help the bariatric clients. The cool thing about this is it helps anybody. Many people have trouble with portion control. If anyone wanted information about any of this how would they find you?
I really appreciate your time. It’s been kind of crazy here. Sorry about the noise. Thank you so much. I love your organization and presentation. It’s been really helpful for patients.
Amanda: Thank you very much.