5 reasons to consume extra protein after your weight loss surgery
Protein, isn’t that for avid athletes? Or in case you want to grow more muscle? Well, not necessarily. Every person needs protein to stay healthy. And that certainly applies to you too if you’ve had weight loss surgery. In this blog, we’ll give you 5 reasons.
What is protein?
Protein is a macronutrient and the building block (amino acids) for your body. It is your fuel to function properly. In fact, protein builds, maintains and strengthens muscles and cells. Natural sources of protein include meat, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds, eggs, milk and dairy products. How much protein you need per day is different for each person. It depends on your health, level of exercise, age and gender. If you have had a stomach reduction, you definitely need extra protein. Read on to find out why.
Protein boosts your recovery
Your body takes a hit from surgery and has to work hard to recover from it. That takes a lot of energy. Protein helps build and repair body tissues. It is also smart to take enough protein even before surgery to build up a buffer. So before and after surgery, extra protein is not a luxury.
Protein for your muscles
Proteins support your muscles in many ways. It helps to build, strengthen and maintain your muscle mass. Muscle loss is inevitable when you lose weight. Because you lose a lot of weight through a stomach reduction, you need extra protein to maintain your muscles. Even if you exercise more after surgery, extra protein is a must.
Protein for strong bones
Calcium supports your bones. But protein is just as much of a powerhouse for your bones. In fact, protein plays a role in bone formation. After all, bones are also composed in part of protein. Healthy bones are essential for good movement – and to gain and maintain a strong body.
Extra protein to prevent deficiencies
Weight loss surgery means you lose weight because you eat less. It also means that you get and absorb less nutrients such as proteins. As a result, deficiencies occur. A protein deficiency can lead to anemia, reduced growth and slower recovery. To limit the damage, you want to fix a deficiency as soon as possible. But preferably prevent it. Extra protein helps with this.
Protein and food intolerances
Some people are less able to tolerate protein-rich foods after their stomach reduction, like dairy or red meat. In such cases, take protein in powder form. Whey Protein from FitForMe contains high levels of whey isolate and is easily digestible for your stomach. Delicious as a protein shake or added to cold dishes.
How much protein do I need per day?
At least 60 grams of protein if you have had weight loss surgery. Preferably spaced throughout the day to properly support your body. Always ask a dietitian what is best for you personally. Our customer service team are also happy to advise you.