Getting enough protein after surgery is absolutely necessary and protein shakes are almost always needed.
Here's an overview of what you need to know about protein supplements.
Protein supplements come in several forms:
Dietary instruction will vary, but most patients need protein supplements AT LEAST starting 2 weeks before surgery and up to 6 weeks after surgery.
Many patients start drinking protein shakes well before this and use shakes longer than 6 weeks post op.
Be sure to follow your heath care provider's instruction because excess protein supplements may add excess calories or get in the way of eating other foods you need.
Choosing A Protein Supplement
A Serving is One Scoop of protein powder or 8 oz of protein shake.
Each serving should be:
It is important to consume complete protein isolates: Whey, Soy, Egg, Milk, Casein.
List of Recommended Protein Powders
List of Ready-To-Drink Protein Shakes
There are 9 main behavior changes that will help you be successful with Bariatric Surgery.
These changes should be started before surgery and will continue life-long.
1. Meal Timing & Frequency
2. Meal Size & How To Eat
3. Drink Enough Water / Fluids
4. Consume Enough Protein
5. Vitamins and Minerals
6. Fruit, Vegetables, Whole Grains
7. Avoid Sweets and High Fat Foods
Here are some ways to increase your activity:
9. Get Support
Losing weight with bariatric surgery requires a total lifestyle change.
You'll incorporate all of these things:
Lisa Hugh, Registered Dietitian.
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