How many carbs a day?
hey all I haven't been around much since I went back to work after my surgery and I am now 14 weeks out and I am down about 80lbs. I have started to see a huge difference in what I can tolerate and it has me concerned. The last time I was in the office I asked the girl who handles the nutrition how many calories and carbs I should stay at or under and she told me not to focus on that just focus on getting protein in. Well I am doing that but one of my concerns is that I need to know where to be when it comes to carbs (good or bad) I want to focus on good carbs such as veggies and grains but I cannot seem to get a straight answer from her. Does anyone know what the goal should be to stay at or under if I want to continue to lose weight?
It varies. I try to stay at 30 or less and I don't mess with the whole net carb stuff (mostly because it's too much work). Others don't focus on carbs at all. At 14 weeks out, I was still focused on my protein and fluids, primarily.
HW: 306 SW: 282 CW:144.8 GW: 145 (reached 2/6/19), next goal - 132.9
not all programs focus on or restrict carbs. Mine didn't. That said, during the first year I rarely ate more than 80 and never more than 100 (and that was VERY rare - I was almost always under 80), but it was mostly due to the fact that I couldn't eat all that much (volume-wise) and we have such a high protein requirement (even higher for me - 100+ grams - because we found out very quickly that I malabsorb it) that I didn't have much room left for carbs.
My answer is much different at nearly 4 years out than it was at 14 weeks. I was 5 months out before I ate a vegetable and nearly 1 year out before I ate really any kind of carb. Surgeon recommendations vary, but for those first many months the recommendation from mine was to get 60g of protein. In order to do that, I couldn't really eat anything else - I served myself the portion of protein I could manage. Once I got a few months out I would serve myself the protein (3oz) plus a small portion of veggies. Then when that didn't fill me up I would add 2TBSP of carbs. What carbs you eat really depends on what you tolerate. I've never had issues with rice, pasta, beans, etc. So I just had a very small amount of what was prepared for my family.
At four years out and as a diabetic I prefer to save my carbs for something I really want - like a good piece of bread, or a sweet. So I generally eat the protein + veggie combo in larger portions and carbs stay pretty low for my meals. I've discovered that I don't really love a carb-y side dish all that much. I also try to avoid cooking things like rice/pasta based dishes that can't be separated.
5'7" HW: 283 SW: 229 CW: 135-140 GW: 145
Pre-op: 53 M1: 22 M2: 12 M3: 12 M4: 8 M5: 10 M6: 11 M7: 5 M8: 6 M9-M13: 15-ish
LBL/BL w/ Fat Transfer 1/29/18
I really ate almost no carbs until 30 months out. Then I had a gain and tried different diets. I ended up with Weigh****chers. I just follow points. If I track carbs in My Fitness Pal it is around 100 a day, but I am 13 years out from surgery. I also have kidney issues, so no longer eat high protein.
Tracking in My Fitness Pal is a good way to see how many carbs, fat, protein, and other macros work for you. I also like If It Fits Your Macros. ITFYM.com
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When I was losing my weight I just focused on protein (goal - 100g a day) and water. If I had carbs I just tried not to have too many at any meal.
My Doctor's mantra was: Protein first, then veggies and then IF you have room then fruit and carbs.
That mindset really helped me.
Cynthia 5'11" RNY 7/23/2014
Goal reached 17 months. 220lb Weight Loss
Plastic Surgery Dr. Joseph Michaels - LBL and Hernia Repair 2/29/16, Arm Lift, BL, 5/2/16, Leg Lift 7/25/16
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