What is Protein?
Protein is a macronutrient that supports skeletal muscle, organs, hormones and a healthy metabolism. Increased protein is recommended after weight loss surgery to aid in wound healing, maintain and build lean muscle mass, curb hunger and promote proper nutrition. This macronutrient is not stored in the body for later use because it is constantly being broken down and replaced. If it is not consumed in high enough amounts after bariatric surgery, then the body will break down lean body mass to compensate. Therefore, it is important to replenish the body with high quality and adequate amounts of protein.
Lack of protein in your diet
If you find yourself constantly hungry throughout the day, make sure you are eating protein-rich foods at each meal. Protein can make you feel satiated quicker and longer. Some healthy food options include lean meat, seafood, poultry, low-fat dairy, eggs, beans, and tofu. It can be hard changing your diet habits after weight loss surgery, so it may be helpful to log food intake in order to understand how much and how often you are consuming protein sources.
Utilizing Bariatric Fusion high protein meal replacement shakes after weight loss surgery are a great way to replace meals with a calorically controlled option and curb hunger. Besides tasting great, Bariatric Fusion meal replacements are convenient and can be made at home or on the go. With so many flavor options, you will never get bored of your next meal. Our protein shakes can be mixed with water, skim milk, almond milk, or any other milk substitute.
Not all protein supplements are equal
A protein supplement is usually sold in different forms ranging from a powder to a pill. It is solely used to offer extra protein in the diet. Protein supplements are usually lower in calories than a meal replacement shake and usually do not offer added vitamins and minerals other than what is provided by the protein source (whey contains some calcium). Protein supplements are great to reach that daily protein goal without taking in additional calories, fiber, or further nutrients. They are a quick pick me up for those with low protein intake.
Bariatric Fusion high protein meal replacement shakes provide more than just protein while still controlling the amount of calories you are consuming to mimic a small meal that includes high protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. They usually include an amino acid profile that makes it a complete protein (includes all 9 essential amino acids). High protein meal replacement shakes provide a wide array of benefits like allowing you to become more accustomed to smaller portion sizes and supplementation of a meal that is lower in calories, fat and carbohydrates, but with the perks of high protein. A meal replacement might also be recommended by a doctor or dietitian through a weight loss program.
Both protein products can be used by a bariatric patient to help achieve higher protein intake after weight loss surgery. Your decision of what product to buy is based on what you are looking for.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) guidelines recommend 60-80g of protein daily after surgery. Some individuals may require more depending on the procedure performed and the body’s response post-operation.
Check your protein label
There are multiple brands and flavors of meal replacement shakes in stores, making it harder to choose. It is important to buy a high quality and easily absorbable protein supplement after weight loss surgery. Products should contain all of the essential amino acids because the body is incapable of producing these. You also want to look for whey protein isolate. All Bariatric Fusion Protein is whey protein isolate. Isolates have a higher concentration of protein than concentrates do. A protein isolate will provide a cleaner taste, better mixing and more protein in smaller volumes. It is also a good option for patients that are lactose intolerant.
Why Bariatric Fusion Protein?
Bariatric Fusion offers protein meal replacement shakes and protein bars with the highest quality whey protein isolate specifically designed for weight loss surgery patients. Our meal replacement shakes include 27g protein along with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. We also should also mention that our bariatric specific meal replacement protein shakes taste great! Bariatric Fusion offers multiple flavors including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, cappuccino and more. We also provide delicious protein bars if you want something easy for on the go. Click on the link below to view these products.
Bariatric Fusion protein products are formulated specifically for Bariatric Surgeries including Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, and Intra-Gastric Balloon.