Written by Stephen W. De Boer, RDN, LD, Mayo Clinic Registered Dietitian
Protein is an important nutrient for everyone. It is needed to maintain and repair your body’s muscle, organs and tissue. This is especially important after surgery. Yet, the reduce stomach capacity and taste changes that happen after bariatric surgery make it challenging for many patients to consume enough protein. If you do not consume enough, you can lose more muscle and less fat during weight loss.
After surgery, you should plan to:
Protein sources after surgery
Below are examples of foods and liquids that are rich in protein. You should choose the foods that are allowed for the stage of the diet you are following.
Tip for boosting protein consumption
To get more protein, add dry milk powder, low-carbohydrate protein powder or powdered peanut butter to milk products, casseroles, mashed potatoes, meat loaf, cereal, soup or pudding.