Diet and Lifestyle Post-op

Supplementing Meals With Protein Shakes 6 Months Post-Op

A client who had her weight loss surgery in Mexico asks:

Is it OK to supplement meals with protein shake (6 months after bariatric surgery, especially when one in busy; it is just easier for me to have a shake for lunch or dinner while I go between meetings)? 

Our Bariatric Dietitian Answers: 

“Yes, that’s fine. If you’re having a busy day, then a planned protein shake is a good way to get some energy (calories), protein, and at least some vitamins/minerals. I do recommend limiting them to once a day though. If you’re having two or three protein shakes on a regular daily basis when your 6 months out from surgery, you are probably not getting enough of a variety of nutrients. Whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meats, nuts/seeds provide your body with antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber that are usually lacking in protein drinks.
If you find yourself regularly downing a protein drink during the day instead of a meal, focus on incorporating fruits/vegetables into your snacks. Examples of this could be 1/2 banana and string cheese, an apple and peanut butter, cucumber slices and 1/2 cup cottage cheese.”

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Katelyn Mock is a US-registered Bariatric Dietitian certified by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With more than 8 years of experience in formulating and reviewing diet programs across various hospital settings, Katelyn has also served as the Lead Bariatric Dietitian for the Ohio State University Medical Center.

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