'My 600-Lb Life' Surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan Puts Patients On This Special Diet To Jump-Start Weight Loss

Joanne Eglash

Ever since TLC aired the very first season of My 600-Lb Life, bariatric surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan has become known for his empathetic, yet strict, approach to helping his patients achieve their weight loss. Some viewers have also benefited by watching the cast members' battles with obesity and food addiction, even turning to Dr. Nowzaradan's special 1,200-calorie diet plan to achieve their own weight-loss goals, reported Life & Style.

One of the success stories from My 600-Lb Life, Dr. Now's former patient L.B. Bonner, revealed the specific foods that he was told to omit from his life. The food list is from Dr. Now, who designed the diet to be low in carbohydrates, low in fat, and high in protein.

Foods that are high in carbohydrates also are on the forbidden list. Those banned items include rice, noodles, cereal, potatoes, chips, and meal supplements. Breads and tortillas are limited for those who want to achieve their weight-loss goals.

To follow the My 600-Lb Life diet, patients must steer clear of fruits that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. For example, dieters on the 1,200-calorie weight loss plan cannot have watermelon, cantaloupe, and bananas. Dried fruit, candied fruit, jellies, and jams also are not allowed.

Although artificial sweeteners such as Sucralose are permitted, the diet requires caution when it comes to drinks. Fruit juices such as cranberry juice, orange juice, and grape juice are banned.

Erica Wall has achieved a weight loss of almost 200 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. My 600-Lb Life showed Wall's distress initially when a nutritionist told her to reduce her intake of carbohydrates.

"I can't believe she just wasted all that food," said Erica when the nutritionist tossed out her high-carb food stash.

After shedding so much weight, Wall now wants to get even slimmer so that she can enjoy running for fitness again. But she admits that the 600-Lb Life diet is still challenging.

And, as with Dr. Now's 1,200-calorie pre-surgery 600-Lb Life diet, protein is the key to success.

"Protein helps bolster and protect muscle tissue. This can help your body burn fat instead of muscle for fuel. Protein also helps keep your body strong, which can speed up recovery."