You had the DS, which makes your post-op life different from most of the rest of us because you will always have malabsorption. 400g of carbs is a ridiculous amount. The SAD diet would generally include 200-250 carbs per day. I'm in maintenance and I eat 60-90g/day, most of those coming from dairy and nuts honestly. I don't eat grains or potatoes.
Some of us maintain on a tiny little amount of food. I am lucky, that I can maintain around 2,000 calories/day with moderate exercise. Others can maintain on 1,000 calories per day, it just depends on their metabolisms.
Honestly, I eat upwards of 2,500 calories some days to maintain and I almost never go over 100g of carbs. Most days I'm between 60-80g of total carbs. My goal is to leave out grains and potatoes completely. So the carbs come from dairy, nuts, the occasional protein bar, and ancillary veggies. My normal day-to-day follows something like this:
B: Whole Fat Plain Greek Yogurt mixed with SF Pudding mix and Nuts OR Eggs w/ Breakfast Meat and Cheese
L: Leftover protein from dinner OR Deli Meat and Cheese/Avocado/Veggie (pick one)
D: Protein + Veggie
Snacks: Jerky, meat sticks, cheese, nuts, protein bars, yogurt, nut butter, flax crackers
Nice to see you posting again. If I remembering right you are a gentleman...is that right? If I'm wrong I apologize.
I'm definitely not anorexic. Height makes a big difference too. I'm only 4'11" tall so I have to watch what I eat because even a 5 lb gain is noticeable on my petite frame.
You are right about the carbs and it depends what kind of carbs you are talking about also. I can pretty much eat nuts every day (most times several times), cheese, high fiber like Honey Nut Cheerios (right out of the box) but if I eat even a little potatoes, bread, rice, etc the scales are up the next morning.
God is walking with me every step of the way. Because of HIM this is possible!!
RNY 10/15/2008 9+ Years!!! Height: 4' 11" HW: 203 SW: 197 CW: 119 on Maintenance