Why You Should Increase Protein Intake After Bariatric Surgery

August 16, 2016 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Diet Bariatric Surgery

A healthy and well-balanced mealThe team at Tijuana Bariatrics believes in its patients and their capacity to change for the better. The fact that they've come to our state-of-the-art bariatric surgery practice looking for a solution shows commitment and grit that cannot be discounted or denied.

The surgery is just the first step to a better tomorrow, however. Another important step involves eating right. With that in mind, we want to consider one of the most important parts of a bariatric patient's diet after they've undergone surgery: protein.

Dietary Changes After Bariatric Surgery

After you undergo bariatric surgery, your life and your lifestyle will undergo a number of changes. We don't just mean experiencing major weight loss either. A number of the major changes that you will experience will involve changes in your diet and activity level. Eating right and exercising regularly is a sure way to improve your health and wellness for years to come.

An important part of being healthy years down the road is having the right fuel for the long haul. In this case, we're referring to protein.

The Importance of Protein

Protein is an essential part of you. Your hair and nails are mostly comprised of protein, and it can be found in every cell in your body too. Protein is a building block for all parts of your body, and it helps repair damaged tissue. All the hormones and enzymes in your body require protein to be produced.

Protein should become a focus in your diet after bariatric surgery, and by the second week after surgery, adding more protein in the form of shakes and supplements will be crucial for proper healing in the short-term as well as long-term wellness and energy.

What Happens If I Don't Eat Enough Protein After Bariatric Surgery?

When your body lacks protein, it will typically begin to leech protein away from your muscles, which can cause you to appear frail and lose healthy definition. This doesn't even go into the other negative health effects related to protein deficiency. Make protein a priority.

Recommended Protein Intake After Weight Loss Surgery

While the recommended amount of protein can vary from patient to patient, many nutritionists recommend that patients ingest between 60g and 80g of protein each day, perhaps even up to 100g. The protein intake should be spread out through the course of the day.

This may sound like a lot, but keep in mind that protein becomes your primary source of energy through the day after bariatric surgery. The diet is low-carb and high-protein, which is ideal for losing weight and keeping the weight off.

Ideal Sources of Protein

When it comes to good sources of protein, patients should consider lean meats and healthy sources of protein. The occasional protein shake isn't a bad idea either.

Some ideal sources of protein include:

  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Dairy

Working with Your for Lasting Benefits

Sticking to a diet and new lifestyle can be challenging, but we know that you can do it. We'll work with you to figure out meal plans. We can also guide you to other resources for recipes, support, and nutritional information so you are empowered to take back control of your life.

Contact Tijuana Bariatrics for Weight Loss Surgery

For more information about your dietary needs after a bariatric procedure, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics looks forward to your visit and helping you be as healthy as possible.