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on 12/5/12 10:25 am - MN
RNY on 08/22/12 with

Hello All -

I hope everyone is doing well :-) 

I am 16 weeks post-op RNY and I have a question about calories.......I have recently realized that the Nutritionist at my surgeons office is a complete IDIOT and now I am concerned that they are having me eat too much.  I have only lost 59 pounds in 16 weeks and I am thinking that is pretty slow.  They have not given me any ideas about how many calories I should be eating a day I am wondering how many calories you eat?  My guidelines are 1 cup of food at each meal no snacks (which I do have some depending on if I am hungry - a cheese stick, piece of lunchmeat) and 48 - 64 ounces water a day.....

on 12/5/12 10:36 am - Rochester, NY

i was told to not worry about calories at that stage.  but I don't consider your loss slow at all, it's almost 4 pounds a week.  i was told to focus on getting enough protein and liquid

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on 12/5/12 10:37 am - OH

Well, I couldn't eat a whole cup of food at a time yet at that point but I was eating four or five times a day then.  I couldn't get enough protein or calories in just eating three times a day, plus my blood sugar would get too low.

I didn't really count calories at that point but probably 1000 calories a day is good, maybe more if you exercise a lot.

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on 12/5/12 10:37 am
RNY on 07/27/12

I really have no idea how many calories are ideal at this point.  I know every surgeon is different.  I am about a month ahead of you,  I am only allowed 1/2 cup of food at a time.  I drink 2 protein drinks a day, as well as my liquids.  I am not saying that you are eating to much.  Every plan is a little different, as well as how much and how fast you will lose.

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on 12/5/12 10:48 am - KY
RNY on 09/25/12

I'm a little over 10 weeks out and my NUT says the same about calories.  Don't worry about them right now.  Focus on measuring foods, getting in enough proteins and fluids, and I'm working on the emotional aspects of food and my relationship with foods.  If you are eating what you are supposed to eat, at this point, there is no way that you can go over the needed caloric intake. Your weight loss is, from what I've seen on here and heard from other RNY patients, is great!  
We are all different and the weight loss varies.  My loss isn't as quick as yours, but I am THRILLED that I am losing.  If it takes a bit longer to come off, so be it.  It's coming off! 
However, I'm nowhere near a cup of food, yet.  I'm taking 1/4 cup, three times a day with the NUT approving of a nighttime snack.  I do add a few snacks throughout the day, because my blood sugars were dropping low.  Since stopping the medicines for blood sugar, my fasting sugars are now over 100 in the morning, so I may stop a snack to see what happens.  Fluids are soooo important, you should really try to increase that.  I say that, having had dehydration early on and I WON'T do that again, if I can at all prevent it!  
I read something on here all the time that I keep in mind....the weight didn't come on overnight, so it won't come off overnight!  enlightened


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on 12/5/12 11:25 am - Miami, FL
RNY on 08/15/12 with

I am about 14 weeks out  and I track all my food on myfitnesspal.  I usually consume about 650 calories a day (70 to 80 grams of protein).  I measure my meals and they are typically 1/2 cup.  Even at 650 calories, I sometimes feel worried that I am eating too much.

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on 12/5/12 11:53 am - MN
RNY on 08/22/12 with

Hello All -


I am so irritated with my surgeon's office!  I am going to just take myself down to 1/2 cup of food because I am so worried I am going to stretch out my pouch!  I worked so hard to have this surgery and I am so scared that I am going to ruin my tiny tummy.  I just have NO faith in the NUTS at my surgeons office.

on 12/5/12 1:45 pm - FL
On December 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM Pacific Time, chickiedoo123 wrote:

Hello All -


I am so irritated with my surgeon's office!  I am going to just take myself down to 1/2 cup of food because I am so worried I am going to stretch out my pouch!  I worked so hard to have this surgery and I am so scared that I am going to ruin my tiny tummy.  I just have NO faith in the NUTS at my surgeons office.

Im about 1 yr 4 moths out and I gave up on my NUT after day 30... you are not the only person I have seen complain about bad NUTS... one told me to consume 3500 calories per day while I work out 2 hours a day... she said 7-8 small mealls all heavy protein etc...

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on 12/5/12 5:25 pm - MN
RNY on 08/22/12 with

Thanks everyone for your responses.  I just need to chill out and listen to the pouch.  This really has been a crazy ride and I am only 3 months out :-)  NUTS are Looney Tooney!

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on 12/5/12 6:30 pm - MA
RNY on 08/14/12 with

I'm getting anywhere from 800-1200 calories a day, but protein is the main focus (of course LOL). I'm getting between 70-100+ grams of protein a day. Hope that helps!


on 12/5/12 10:13 pm, edited 12/5/12 10:14 pm - San Antonio, TX


  • These are the rules I followed/follow: 
  • *Drink 64 ounces Liquids daily (drink up to a meal, wait 60 minutes after a meal) (I add 2 packets sugar free drink mix and 1 teaspoon Benefiber to 2-32 ounce water containers)
  • *Must eat at least 60 grams of Protein a day (80 or more grams beginning at 1200 calories a day)
  • *Eat dairy products that are no fat/low fat
  • *Eat simple (dairy, fruit) and complex (beans, vegetables, whole grains) Carbohydrates (I do not count daily grams)
  • *No more than 15 grams of Sugar per meal (more grams if able to tolerate-I allow myself up to 30 grams Sugar per meal from Simple and Complex Carbohydrate sources and also from Dairy products that are no fat/low fat because I do not seem to dump on Sugar)
  • *Eat 3 main meals (B, L, D) no further than 5-6 hours apart
  • *Eat 1 protein snack at 1200 calories a day at least 2-3 hours from breakfast
  • *Eat 2-3 protein snacks at Maintenance calories a day at least 2-3 hours from B, L, D
  • *3-6 Months After Surgery: I ate 600-700 calories a day
  • *6-9 Months After Surgery: I ate 800-900 calories a day
  • *9-12 Months After Surgery: I ate 1000 calories a day
  • *12-24 Months After Surgery: eat 1200 calories a day (I ate 1200 calories a day until 15 months when I reached my goal weight)
  • *24 Months after surgery (or when goal weight is reached before 24 months): Maintenance calories (BMR/RMR & Activity Level) (Malabsorption of calories lasts approximately 18-24 months) (I eat 1800-2000 calories a day to maintain my weight loss of 200 pounds at a weight of 131 pounds. My height is 5'4")
  • I do not participate in a formal exercise program due to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. I do move around a lot more and do a lot more walking.

Age at RNY: 55, Height: 5'4", Consultation Weight: 331 lbs-12/1/2009, Super Morbidly Obese BMI 56.8, RNY Surgery Weight: 281 lbs-3/22/2010, Goal Weight Reached: 141 lbs-6/23/2011, Lowest Weight: 126 lbs-12/11/2011

Current Age: 60, Current Weight: 132 lbs-3/19/2015Normal BMI 22.7, Relative Risk from ABSI of 0.7, Total Weight Loss Maintained: 199 lbs, Measurements: 36D Bust, 28" Waist, 38" Hips.