Daily Recommended Protein after WLS

April 13th, 2012 - Posted to Weight Loss

Daily Recommended Protein after WLSAfter undergoing weight loss surgery, you will not be eating as much food as before, but you will still need all the same (or even more) of the essential nutrients and vitamins. This means that it is very important to ensure that everything you eat is highly nutritious.

One of the main priorities for patients who have had weight-loss surgery is protein intake. The body needs a certain amount of protein so that you don't lose muscle, and protein also helps burn fat and repair tissue.

Recommendations for protein consumption vary, but in general, we recommend that our patients consume 60 to 80 grams of protein a day. A three-ounce serving of lean chicken breast, which is about the size and thickness of the palm of your hand, has 21 grams of protein. A person eating a healthy, varied diet should be able to take in enough protein to meet his or her nutritional needs with no problem.

Some People Need More Protein

Athletes, for example, stress their muscles more than sedentary or casually active people, and they use more protein to rebuild that tissue. (This is particularly true for athletes such as weightlifters, for whom muscle mass and strength are important.) Also, people intent on losing weight often consume more protein as a percentage of their daily calories because they limit the carbohydrates and fats they eat. In addition, protein tends to be filling, and it also helps the body hold on to muscle even as it burns fat.

Most Americans actually eat more protein than they need. As a bariatric patient, however, you'll need to focus on getting enough protein. At mealtimes, you should eat protein first just to make sure that by the time you're full, you'll have had enough protein.