How Much Protein Do I Need After Weight Loss Surgery?
After surgery, our patient advocates will help assist you with a diet plan that will suit your needs. While many vitamins are vital for recovery, protein is extremely important in aiding in your healing process.
After bariatric surgery, you should include protein in all of your meals to help aid in you in proper would healing after your weight loss surgery. Protein also helps restore your skin, hair, bones, and keeps your nails healthy. Yes, B12 vitamins, or Biotin, will help as well.
Protein is also extremely beneficial in helping to form hormones, enzymes, immune system antibodies, and helps your body burn fat instead of muscle for even healthier weight loss.
Our favorite parts of protein? It not only helps speed up your metabolism, but it also curbs your appetite. Protein comes from the Greek word ‘proteios’ and translates to “first place, or primary.” Unlike other macronutrients (carbohydrates and fats) we do not store protein in our bodies.
Recommended Protein Intake
The daily recommended intake for protein after surgery varies based on several factors including your age, gender, surgery type, and activity level. Most patients are instructed to consume 60-120 grams of protein per day after surgery, and research indicates that many patients do not get enough protein on a daily basis.
How close are you to this goal?
Tracking your food and supplement intake for a few days can easily allow you to see how many grams of protein you are consuming. There are many different types of ways to get the protein you need, and if you’re not a big fan of meat, fish, eggs, etc., you can try protein supplementation.
Western Bariatric Institute’s online store, and in house health store, provides a variety of different protein supplementations that will help you get the right amount of protein you need, no matter what.
Are you having issues with your prescribed diet? Looking for alternatives? Contact Western Bariatric Institute today and let us help build you a plan that works for you.
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- Western Surgical's Bariatric Surgery Division - Western Bariactric Institute
- The Obesity Epidemic
- Weight Loss Surgery Options