Protein is an essential part of your nutrition plan before and after weight-loss surgery. It promotes proper healing, helps your body build and maintain muscle, and helps you lose fat.
Protein is made up of amino acids. Although the body makes 13 amino acids, nine essential amino acids cannot be made by the body, and must come from food sources. A food source is considered complete if it contains the right amount of essential amino acids.
When choosing protein as part of your weight-loss plan, consider lean options that are lower in calories to help you maintain weight loss.
- Whey Protein: Whey is a complete source of protein. It is part of many commercial powders or ready to drink protein shakes.
- Whey Protein Isolate: Whey protein isolate contains no lactose, and does not cause intestinal distress. Look for products such as lactose-free milk and non-dairy beverages as an alternative to milk. Whey protein isolate is the recommended protein supplement after surgery.
- Soy Products: Soybeans are a quality protein source. The protein in soybeans closely matches the protein quality of meat. Unsweetened soy milk is also an alternative for those who are lactose-intolerant.
Products to Avoid
Hydrolyzed gelatin or collagen products do not contain all essential amino acids and are not recommended for bariatric surgery patients.
After surgery, protein shakes will be needed to help you get adequate amounts of protein. Try these tasty recipes: