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, maintenance of muscle mass, helps curb hunger and helps maintain 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, try eating protein-rich foods and/or supplementation during 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 surgery, so it may help to log food intake to understand how much and how often you are consuming protein sources.
Utilizing Bariatric Fusion Meal Replacement Protein after bariatric surgery is a great way to replace meals and curb hunger. Besides tasting great, our Bariatric Fusion Shakes 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 are equal
A Bariatric Fusion Meal Replacement Protein Shake provides the essential nutrients that would be consumed during a meal. A meal replacement shake should contain a sufficient amount of calories to mimic a small meal including protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. These bariatric meal replacement protein shakes usually provide more calories than a protein supplement. A high protein low carb meal replacement might also be recommended by a doctor through a weight loss program.
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 any added vitamins and minerals other than what is provided by the protein source such as calcium from a whey protein product.
The 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 the essential amino acids because the body is incapable of producing these. You also want to look for whey protein concentrates or isolates. All Bariatric Fusion Protein is whey protein isolate. Isolates have a higher concentration of protein than concentrates. 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 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 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 bariatric proteins are formulated specifically for Bariatric Surgeries including Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, and Intra-gastric Balloon patients.