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Hey everyone,

As I head into eating foods again and not just thick liquids, I need some help.

In another post, I saw someone said you should look for foods at the store under a certain amount of carbs and sugars, but for the life of me cannot find the original post which said what those numbers were.

Can anyone share the numbers they use when evaluating products at the store? I would love to make a note of it.

Thank you!

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Check with your dietician/nutritionalist & surgeon for calorie & macro guidelines. You will still be on their plans while you are losing. There are a lot of different plans out there & one person’s plan may not be what your medical team recommends. For example, mine want very prescriptive. I wasn’t given calorie or macros goals just Protein & fluid goals & portion size recommendations. I was also given lists of foods I could eat or had to avoid. It was low carb, low fat, low sugar but no specific numbers. I saw my dietician every week for the first months who reviewed my diet each time & together we worked out what else I might need or could try. Your dietician may also make specific suggestions according to your needs: activity levels, allergies, eating preferences (vegan, vegetarian, etc.). & so on. Even your age & gender could influence your plan.

Do you cook? It’s much easier to control the ingredients, how the food is prepped & cooked & therefore the calories & macros if you make it yourself. A lot of prepared food even so called diet food is calorie heavy for our needs & ‘low fat’ foods can be higher in sugar & vice versa. For example a single lean cuisine meal would exceeded the calories I was eating in a whole day the first couple of months, plus include ingredients on my avoid list.

PS - congrats on your surgery.

Edited by Arabesque

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I found this on the internet, does it help?

General recommendations suggest to eat 40-65% of your calories from carbs. If you apply this to the bariatric population that consumes about 1000 calories a day then the carbs would be about 100 g carb/day at the low end. Many bariatric centers suggest sticking to 75-100 g carbs per day in the maintenance phase.

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