I saw my WLS surgeon on Friday and he reiterated what you already see posted here all the time. Carbs are the main source of weight gain for everyone on the planet. Fats, Protein, Fiber, etc are all fine but the carbs are killer.
During my checkup, he noticed I've gained 37 lbs in 18 months. Now the surprise - It's ok for me, as I'm still very thin but getting close to a good stabilization weight at about 3 years post op. One of the interesting things that was hard to learn for me is that we can eat plenty of food, just lay off the carbs. I mention this since the bites / vites postings on this channel are close to anorexic for most people including me. I'd lose 20 pounds in a month if I eat that little.
The real issue to eat anything but keep the carbs under control which for me would be less than 200 grams per day. During my weight gain, I've been at about 400 grams per day.
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.
Yup, I agree on the 200 to 250 grams per day for carbs but it's hard to do. Even greek yogurt has a bunch of carbs. I'm also hungry much of the day maybe because much of the food doesn't stay in me.
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
Yes, I'm a guy and had the SADi DS 3 years ago. I can eat a lot and most of it gets mal absorbed but I have added a lot of weight back. The food mix is hard because various doctors and professionals give contradictory advice about what constitutes healthy food. With yogurt, fruit and ice tea all listed as high carb foods, I'm not sure I believe anything about what is healthy. On paper, SPAM is really healthy even though it looks like pure toxic waste (although it can hit the spot if you crave salt).