Men and women who are about to undergo a weight loss procedure at our Tijuana, MX practice will be asked to follow a specific diet before bariatric surgery. This will help reduce the amount of glycogen in the liver and promote tissue and muscle repair.
Today, our team at Tijuana Bariatric Center will explain why patients should increase protein intake before bariatric surgery.
In simple terms, protein helps to curb hunger. Tryptophan, an amino acid found in protein, triggers the part of your brain that signals fullness. Therefore, when you eat more protein, you are less temped to snack.
Protein intake also helps support healthy muscle function. The more muscle you have on your body, the higher your metabolism. In turn, you burn more fat, even when you are resting.
In fact, lean muscles burn 25 times more calories compared to fat. To further break down this information, consider this:
Keep in mind the specific recommendations provided by your doctor will depend on your unique circumstances. However, a typical pre-operative diet consists of approximately 800 to 1,000 calories per day. Of these daily calories, we typically recommend about 70 grams of protein for women and 120 grams for men.
When it comes to obtaining your daily amount of protein, many doctors and dieticians recommend protein drinks, which are widely available. When shopping for these shakes, you want to choose a brand that is high in protein but low in sugar.
In addition, you can incorporate these foods into your diet:
When planning their pre-operative bariatric diet, many patients only eat one solid meal per day, while replacing the other meals with protein shakes. In some cases, your dietician may recommend alternating your shakes with fruit or low-calorie beverages throughout the day.
There are numerous reasons why a pre-operative diet is beneficial for those about to undergo weight loss surgery. Following these guidelines can:
When preparing for weight loss surgery, your pre-operative diet is just as important as your post-operative lifestyle. To learn more about incorporating protein into your meals, reach out to one of our team members. You can contact us online anytime or call one of our three office locations.