5 Tips for Optimizing Protein Intake Post-Bariatric Surgery

You’ve probably heard it before that protein is one of the most critical things you need to watch out for after bariatric surgery. Yep, it’s true! Protein is really THAT important! As a weight loss surgery patient, you have a lot to remember. Between balancing what to eat, how often to eat, the types of vitamins you need and how much protein you should consume, it can be pretty overwhelming. Protein is necessary for life. It plays a role with our immune system and the way we fight off diseases. It helps keep our muscles and brain strong. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to survive.

As a bariatric patient, it is recommended that you get at least 60 grams of protein every single day. It can be difficult finding ways to get all of your protein in since we are so limited. Here are some tips to help you achieve your protein goal:

  1. Always eat your protein first. If you start with carbs, you will get full a lot faster. Make sure you eat your proteins, then your vegetables, and then if you are still hungry save the carbs for last.

2. Keep high protein foods on you when you are on the go. It can be easy to throw carbs in your purse, but protein will always be the better choice to go with.

3. Drink a protein shake. Make this a part of your daily routine. Find one with low sugar so you don’t have any issues with dumping syndrome.

4. Change it up. Don’t eat the same thing every single day or you will get bored of it very quickly. Try new foods and get creative with how you get your protein in.

5. Track your intake! Always always always track your protein intake. This will ensure you are staying honest with yourself.

Check out the following video for more helpful food ideas and more information on the risks of becoming deficient in protein:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpX6tCeBUOw

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