The Importance of Protein Consumption After Bariatric Surgery Video

Registered Dietitian Donna Simon explains why eating protein is important after bariatric surgery. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and a Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
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The Importance of Protein Consumption After Bariatric Surgery Protein is helpful and it’s important in your diet because it’s the only macronutrient our body does not make on its own. It’s needed for healing. It’s needed for muscle and tissue repair and it also helps with metabolism, alright? If you are not taking enough of protein your metabolism will slow down. If your metabolism slows down so does your weight loss. So we use a standard of 60 to 80 grams of protein and to figure out how much protein your body needs, there is a formula, but most people will not use the formula to figure it out. So the standard is 60 to 80 gram protein. It’s also important to know that the amount of protein -- each ounce of meat source, whether it’s fish or chicken or beef, is approximately 7 grams of protein for each ounce. So if you are having a normal diet of three ounces at each meal you are taking in 63 grams of protein. So you are at the low end but if you are also taking in any kind of dairy, whether it’s yogurt or milk, those contain protein, also. So that’s why, I mean most people if they are eating a normal portion that they should be eating they are consuming the amount that is required.

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