Once patients are newly operated, they begin to delve into the world of “post weight loss surgery” and all the rules that should be followed.
One big, important issue is “How much protein? How can I get it? Where can I find it?”
The correct answer to this question is: 60 to 80 grams per day.
Some patients require a bit more depending on the procedure they chose and their response to that specific surgery.
Protein should not be taken all in one setting. It should be taken throughout the day in different doses or healthy snacks or meals. It’s not possible for our body to absorb all that protein in one sitting. We can absorb about 25 to 30 grams in one sitting.
Protein is a nutrient which will get us to feel fuller for a longer period of time. We should try to include our protein in every sitting so we are less likely to feel hungry throughout the day.
There are so many options to get your protein in. You have meat, chicken, eggs, dairy products, and beans. If you want to supplement to meet your protein needs, you can use protein shakes or bars.
It’s a good idea to calculate your daily intake of protein to be sure you are not falling short. As you are able to eat larger portions and you are able to tolerate more “normal foods”, it’s best to use real food and supplement less.
Protein is important because the body requires additional protein during the period of “rapid weight loss” to maintain muscle mass. If you do not consume sufficient protein, your body will use the protein from your muscles and you will become frail.
Please eat your protein 😉
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Much success in your journey.
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
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