How Much Protein Do I Need Each Day?

Protein comes from the Greek word ‘proteios’ and translates to “first place, or primary.” Unlike other macronutrients (carbohydrates and fats) we do not store protein in our bodies. Protein is actually made up of several amino acids – some of these can be produced by the body naturally, while others need to be consumed in the diet.
The daily recommended intake for protein after surgery varies based on several factors including your age, gender, surgery type, and activity level. Most patients are instructed to consume 60-120 grams of protein per day after surgery, and research indicates that many patients do not get enough protein on a daily basis.1 How close are you to this goal?

How can you get there?

Think about your daily intake… Do you consume a quality protein source (meat, pork, poultry, fish / seafood, eggs, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu / soy products, beans) at each meal? Tracking your food and supplement intake for a few days can easily allow you to see how many grams of protein you are consuming.
Many people find that even with eating protein at each meal they do not meet their necessary protein intake after bariatric surgery.2 Protein supplements can help you achieve your protein goal!

Protein supplementation

Protein supplements come in a variety of flavors and can be sourced from many different ingredients including: pea, egg white, soy, and whey. At Bariatric Advantage we strive to use Whey Protein Isolates in all of our protein supplements, which contains all essential amino acids to help support muscle growth.

What if I want to try a whey protein supplement but I’m lactose intolerant?

Whey protein isolates, concentrates, and hydrolysates are all sourced from milk. Many steps take place during the processing to remove the whey protein from the milk. Whey protein isolates are virtually lactose free as they go through more processing than whey protein concentrates or hydrolystates – which usually allows people with lactose intolerance to enjoy whey protein isolates without physical discomfort. However, as everybody’s situation is different, you should consult with your healthcare practitioner, who knows you and your health history best.

Consuming your recommended level of protein each day can be challenging, but not impossible!

  • Track your food intake for a few days and record how many grams of protein you take in each day
  • If it falls below the recommended level, talk to your dietitian about ways to increase your intake
  • Be sure to have a quality protein source with each meal
  • Adding a protein supplement everyday can help you meet your protein goals

1Andreu A, Moize V, Rodriguez L, et al. Protein intake, body composition, and protein status following bariatric surgery. Obes Surg. 2010;20(11):1509-15.

2Beckman L, Earthman, C. Nutritional Implications of Bariatric Surgery and the Role of Registered Dietitians. Jour of AND. 2013;Volume 113;Number 3.

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