Our philosophy at Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians (RMAP) is to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime; point being to utilize natural/real food for energy sources. We recommend eating between 40-60 grams of protein/day after bariatric surgery, which equates to 160-240 calories/day. This is very achievable by eating more natural sources of protein such as yogurt, cheese, beans, tofu, deli meats, chicken, ground beef, steak, and even vegetables.
Protein shakes are very calorie dense for a small volume and they will empty your pouch faster than regular food, leaving you hungry sooner. The habit of drinking your calories and your stomach emptying faster can lead to weight gain after surgery. Protein supplements are also not always available wherever you may go in the world. Learning how to eat appropriately on food is the best route to making lifestyle changes.
There are several patients after weight loss surgery who have been very successful at weight loss and maintenance by choosing to use protein supplements on a more regular basis. Who are we to argue success in that circumstance? Our philosophy simply stems from the success we have seen in the majority of our patients, and not the exception.
There are circumstances after weight loss surgery when protein supplements are recommended. Please discuss the use of protein supplements with your surgeon/provider before adding them into your routine meal plans.