Best Protein Sources
After Bariatric Surgery

Get to know the BEST Protein Sources because...

...You MUST eat 60-90* grams of protein daily after weight loss surgery.

You likely think of beef when someone says the word protein...

...but there are MANY other sources!

*Use 60-90 grams per day as a general guideline. Follow your bariatric center's guidelines if they are different.

Why So Much Protein ?

  • Helps you heal after surgery
  • Keeps you full for a longer time compared to carbohydrates
  • Helps control hunger and cravings

Also...

...during weight loss, your body doesn't discriminate between burning fat and burning muscles (YES..you DO have muscles in there!).

Say you stand on a scale and it shows you lost 10 pounds. Well the scale isn't telling you that you lost 10 pounds of fat necessarily. 

You could have lost 10 pounds of muscle and it will still show up as minus 10 on the scale.

You could have even lost 5 pounds of fat + 5 pounds of muscle, and it will still show up as minus 10 on the scale. 

Does that make sense?!

While it's certainly nice to see numbers going down on the scale...

...it's NOT GOOD if you're burring up your muscle mass!

This will make you feel tired and weak.

AND...

...this is HUGE...

...it can lead to your metabolism slowing down. Definitely NOT GOOD! This will make it harder to keep the weight off once you're lost it.

The Reason Everyone Cares About the Most:

If you don't get enough protein you can lose hair! 

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Best Protein Sources:
Clear Liquid Diet Stage

  • Bone Broth
  • Premier Clear
  • Atkins Lift
  • Isopure

Best Protein Sources:
Full Liquid Diet Stage

Any food from previous stage plus…

Best Protein Sources:
Puree Diet Stage

Any food from a previous stage plus…

  • Plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Nonfat/lowfat cottage cheese
  • Fat free or vegetarian refried beans
  • Crushed lentil soup
  • Split pea soup
  • Pureed poultry or fish

Best Protein Sources:
Soft Diet Stage

Any food from a previous stage plus…

  • Eggs: poached, scrambled
  • Egg salad: mix with plain nonfat Greek yogurt vs mayo
  • Canned tuna, salmon, sardines: mix with plain nonfat Greek yogurt vs mayo
  • Canned chicken: mix with plain nonfat Greek yogurt vs mayo (…you see a theme here?!)
  • Tofu
  • Whole beans (pinto, black, kidney, garbanzo, etc.)
  • Black bean soup
  • Lentil soup

Best Protein Sources:
Solid Diet Stage

Any food from a previous stage plus…

  • Chicken 
  • Turkey
  • Fish: salmon, whitefish
  • Seafood: shrimp, scallops
  • Bison
  • Venison
  • Beef
  • Lean Ground Meats (93/7% or 99/1%): Ground Chicken, Ground Turkey, Ground Beef

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