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No Carb Diet I Need help

on 6/3/12 10:22 am - marietta, GA
RNY on 10/04/12
I am unsure how to do this no carb diet for two weeks, I have no clue as to what i can eat to keep from being hungry. i love breads and starchs, can any one give me so ideas

Cecily Howell                


on 6/3/12 10:58 am - Citrus Heights, CA
RNY on 04/04/12
meat , fish , poultry, eggs,cheese,dairy, protein drinks......NO carbs? no veggies? or fruit?
Look up atkins recipes, if it is just starchy carbs you are not to have that would be easier. I think there is a low carb/ no carb bread out there somewhere.
I would assume you are to be on low fat also
What does the info from your doc say? I was on full liwuids for 2 weeks not just low carbs ( I would have loved that!!)

Donna Q. --5'8" -60 years old
Band 2005
hw320 sw276 lw with band 195 gw 160-180? 
Bypass 4/4/2012
pre sw 258 lw RNY 162 cw 203

on 6/3/12 8:10 pm - marietta, GA
RNY on 10/04/12
i noticed you just had RNY. I am planing to have the surgery real soon, and i am following my roadmap to surgery that the dr gave me, i have so many mixed feelings about this how did u deal with all the feelings

Cecily Howell                


on 6/4/12 8:24 am - Citrus Heights, CA
RNY on 04/04/12
I always was against the RNY and we had a big family uproar when our twin daughters had it 6 years ago , a year after I had the band , which of course I felt was the best thing since sliced bread , well after 7 years with the band and bad aftercare from STANFORD I had a new doc closer to home and after a few years working with the band I gained back about 60 lbs , and other issues , my doc just said RNY for you girly, well by that time I was desperate and would have done anything to feel better, I need double knee replacement and hip replacement and I am a "young" 58 (next month) I basically have been home bound and a shut in for 2 years , after being injured remodeling one of our daughter's house.
I has mixed emotions about having the surgery, I felt like a failure, I was sad that my life had been taken away from me, I was embarrassed to admit that I had to have a SECOND WLS, basically my ortho doc would not do surgery unless I lost weight, I had 3 docs telling me I needed this surgery and underneath it all I wanted to believe them and somehow felt the decision was out of my hands , which we know is not true.
A lot of emotions swirling around all at once.
I thought the sleeve would be a good alternative but i still would be able to drink , eat lots of sugar, yada,yada,yada
I have had no problems since surgery , my BMI was 37 , I am loosing slower than average but I hear that is common after band removal.
Don't do a surgery if you are not sure, that being said , we can never anticipate everything and I am NEVER happy about having any surgery so there is always doubt.
I am glad I had RNY and really don't feel like anything was done , one problem I am having now is that my blood pressure and pulse are to low in the morning , I need to cut back my night time BP meds.
ANY WLS is a lifetime of change and I would never recommend the band to anyone , even though I know it works for a few , a very few.
I hope you do well

Donna Q. --5'8" -60 years old
Band 2005
hw320 sw276 lw with band 195 gw 160-180? 
Bypass 4/4/2012
pre sw 258 lw RNY 162 cw 203

on 6/4/12 10:34 am - marietta, GA
RNY on 10/04/12
my cardo to me i needed the surgery to save my life. my heart is completely surrounded by fat causing heart problems i am always passing out because my heart gives out when i do anything to raise my heart rate.  i have only known one person to have RNY and she is doing great.  its the dramatic diet change i am scared of.

Cecily Howell                


on 6/4/12 3:07 pm - Citrus Heights, CA
RNY on 04/04/12
ohh Sweetie, I don't see that you have a choice....well I guess you do , you can continue to faint and more than likely die at some point soon.
In the beginning you don't feel like eating , usually and people have gone through grieving not being able to have a gallon of ice cream  , it is surely a learning experience. After weight loss you can widen your menu. I am not having problems because I fasted for 9 months and had the band so I have already been through all of that. I did have a bit of a problem when we went to our place at the lake and everyone was drinking , and I really wanted a glass of wine, but I had a Fuse drink in a wine glass and was fine.
Surgery is still your choice , I would rather make some life style changes than die  I am not saying it will be easy , but I can say it would be worth it

Donna Q. --5'8" -60 years old
Band 2005
hw320 sw276 lw with band 195 gw 160-180? 
Bypass 4/4/2012
pre sw 258 lw RNY 162 cw 203

on 6/3/12 11:00 am - At Home in, NH
If it's no carb, then you could follow the Atkins Diet for two weeks. That's essentially a no-carb plan for the induction phase.

If it's low carb, I think South Beach Diet is extremely lo-carb for the first couple of weeks.

You can google either one to get the most information. Didn't your Bariatric program's nutritionist give you any guidelines for a two-week low carb diet?

Good Luck!

"Just keep swimming." ~ Dorrie

Paul C.
on 6/3/12 11:01 am - Cumming, GA
RNY on 07/16/10 with
Paul C.
First 5K 9/27/20 46:32 - 11 weeks post op  (PR 28:55 8/15/11)
First 10K 7/04/2011 1:03      
      First 15K 9/18/2011 1:37
First Half Marathon 10/02/2011 2:27:44 (
PR 2:24:35)   
First Half Ironman 9/30/12 7:32:04
on 6/3/12 11:50 am
And bacon! lol
Suzanne    RNY:  4/17/12  -   HW:  267  -   SW: - 256  -   GW:  150           
on 6/3/12 11:27 am
 Meat, fish, yogurt, cheese, protein shakes and don't forget the tylenol you'll need it the first few days.
Cicerogirl, The PhD

on 6/3/12 1:09 pm - OH
Cheese has carbs because the milk it is made from has carbs...


 7 years out and maintaining 190 pounds lost!  

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Jennifer M.
on 6/3/12 11:28 am - MN
RNY on 02/17/12 with
 Typically, it's not a no-carb diet, but a very low carb diet.  Try to keep your carbs under 20 grams a day.  With that, you can have milk, cheese, nuts, and green, leafy vegetables.  Try mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.  Use avocados with your salad. Snack on almonds or edamame.  You can usually have some salad dressings.  For breakfast, have a protein bar (you can have sugar alcohols which make it pretty easy to find an appropriate bar even at the convenience store... after surgery, you may not be able to have sugar alcohols).   There are low carb breads, but I wouldn't bother with them right now.   

It's going to be brutal for 3-5 days, but after that, it isn't too bad.  Eating at restaurants is typically not a problem.   

Good luck!
on 6/3/12 8:07 pm - marietta, GA
RNY on 10/04/12
My info says to cut out sugars and carbs and increase protein it says i can have some veggies but is not clear as to which ones.

Cecily Howell                


Jennifer M.
on 6/4/12 7:33 am - MN
RNY on 02/17/12 with
 You can have lettuce, cabbage, green beans, peas, waxed beans, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, zucchini, avocados, squash, spinach and cucumbers (I'm sure there are more, but I listed the ones I can find in my grocery store).  

Avoid potatoes.  Limit carrots and sweet potatoes.  

Check the carb count on beets.  Most people would say they are a diet staple.  I really HATE beets, so I've never checked.  

on 6/3/12 11:45 am - OH
Why are you planning to do a no carb diet?  We actually need some carbs in our diet to stay healthy.  Do you mean a low carb diet?  Did your doctor or dietician advise you to do that?  If so, they should tell you what foods to eat.

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on 6/3/12 8:04 pm - marietta, GA
RNY on 10/04/12
I need to shrink my liver before surgery. It is only for two weeks.

Cecily Howell                


on 6/3/12 10:05 pm, edited 6/3/12 10:09 pm - Central, FL
RNY on 08/29/12
I would go with the assumption that they mean low carb; as in >20 g per day. If they want no carbs; save yourself the headache & just do liquids (ie broth) for 2 wks.

When I did Atkins, I lived on omelets. The mornings I would have a cheese omelet, lunch was ham, swiss & mushroom, then for dinner I would have a philly cheese steak omelet. You can also do chef salads with ham & eggs. I would make little snack bowls w/sliced pepperoni, cubed cheese, greek pepper rings, black olives & a touch of italian dressing. Try doing a google search for low carb recipes .... I have found some great recipes for beef & broccoli with cauliflower "rice". GL!

Just as a side tip: Create an account on and track all of your meals; it will really help to make sure you aren't exceeding the carb levels. I was munching out of something thinking it was Atkins friendly until I logged it - dang near died!

ETA: Beef Broccoli Recipe:
  • 3/4 pound flank or sirloin, sliced thinly across the grain
  • 3/4 pound broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons high-heat cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely minced or smushed through garlic smusher
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • For the beef marinade
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

1 Marinate the beef: Stir together the beef marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the beef slices and stir until coated. Let stand for 10 minutes

2 Prepare the sauce: Stir together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

3 Blanch the broccoli: Cook the broccoli in a small pot of boiling, salted water until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly.

4 Heat a large frying pan or wok over high heat until a bead of water sizzles and instantly evaporates upon contact. Add the cooking oil and swirl to coat. Add the beef and immediately spread the beef out all over the surface of the wok or pan in a single layer (preferably not touching). Let the beef fry undisturbed for 1 minute. Flip the beef slices over, add the garlic to the pan and fry for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute until no longer pink, Pour in the sauce, add the blanched broccoli and bring to a boil. Pour in the dissolved cornstarch and cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens, 30 seconds.

Alicia ~ HW 307 ~ SW 287 ~ GW 135