A common theme that runs through recovery after each and every bariatric procedure is protein. After you have undergone a gastric sleeve or gastric plication, the food and drink you consume will help determine the speed of your recovery and also the long-term ability for you to lose weight.
Protein is a very important mineral that performs many vital functions including:
- Speeding healing and recovery.
- Making you feel fuller for longer.
- Leveling out the blood sugar spikes that contribute of type-II diabetes.
- Helping minimize or avoid hair loss after surgery.
Protein comes in many forms including meat, fish, tofu and beans. It can also be consumed in the form of a protein bar or milkshake. No matter how you get your protein, two basic rules are that 1) protein should be a complete (containing all 9 amino acids) and secondly that the average patient should consume between 60 and 75 grams of protein per day depending on your particular diet.
It may be hard to reach that level of protein, especially in the first few months after surgery. For that reason, we recommend protein shakes as part of the early postoperative diet protocol. However, it as time goes on, you will learn new ways to consume enough protein to stay healthy and at the same time lose weight.