I thought I’d answer a question tonight. I’ve received this question a few times recently and I believe my opinion is important to share. Protein shakes are a very helpful way to get a lot of protein in at one time. Protein shakes and soups are used regularly in the early stages of post op weight loss surgery life. Many have to do a liquid diet prior to weight loss surgery.
I did not have to do a liquid diet prior to my surgery. It was not one of the requirements from my surgeon.
Tracy, do you still drink protein shakes?
I am 12 years post op RNY. I do not drink protein shakes regularly at this time.
I feel very strongly that as soon as you can eat solid foods you should do so at each of your three meals. It is so important to learn how to eat food. The right portion of food and the right foods to satisfy you.
Maintenance will be very difficult if you are not prepared to eat food.
Learning how to plan a meal and a snack is critical and is what will carry you through long term success.
With that said, I think there is a time and place for protein shakes. I have my days when my tummy is temperamental. My common issue is a sour stomach. I will use shakes and soups during these days to get me through. This does not happen very often.
I’ve also been known to used protein shakes as a breakfast in the summer, but I find it will not hold me all the way to lunch.
If I do not eat enough at a meal I will feel like grazing and grazing is NOT an option for me. Grazing has been a down fall for me and should be avoided by all weight loss surgery patients. Now don’t get too excited yet. I understand that many people eat 5-6 small meals a day and that works for them. And I believe this is a form of planned eating; not grazing.
Me, I eat three planned meals with one snack typically in the mid afternoon. I do not eat after dinner unless I am physically hungry. My activity level directly affects my hunger in the evening.
So there you have it. My thoughts on protein shakes. Now keep in mind everyone’s journey is different. If a protein shake in the morning or at any other meal works for you and holds you then keep it up!
I’ve heard all too often though of friends who have a shake for breakfast and then overeat at lunch because it didn’t hold them.
Try to be honest as you assess your situation. A shake is easy, but is it giving you what you need?
I hope this has helped.
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