Before my surgery I attended enough appointments and did enough research and reading of personal accounts to know that a focus on protein would be a daily thing for the rest of my life. But it wasn’t until after I had surgery, when I knew firsthand just how small my stomach pouch was and how little it could handle at a time, that I knew for absolute certainty that protein powder would be the key to meeting my daily protein needs without having to graze all day long, or risk overeating which at best causes discomfort and/or vomiting, and at worst can lead to stretching out the pouch. And while 60g (my bariatric surgeon’s recommended minimum) to 80g (my personal optimal goal) doesn’t sound like a whole lot when you think about normal portion sizes for dairy products and meat, for me, it’s a lot.
So, protein powder it is. Protein powder, whey isolate protein powderr in particular, is the best form of protein for bariatric patients because a little amount packs a lot of protein (one protein powder in particular that I have has an impressive 15g of protein in just 4 tbsp!), and whey protein is the best for absorption. Protein builds, repairs, and maintains muscle. Muscle tissue is present in all parts of our body, and keeping it in tip-top shape is essential for overall health – and even energy. Additionally, without a sufficient amount of protein, the body will take from other muscle areas in order to give the lacking muscle areas what they need. Additionally, insufficient protein levels can lead to hair loss and fatigue. These are things that you do not want!
Moral of the story? Take your protein. Here’s a post I wrote on how I get my protein: A quick & easy list of protein sources