When choosing a protein powder after bariatric surgery, you want to find one that is not only high in protein but also formulated specifically to meet the needs of weight loss surgery patients. Here are the key things to look for:
High Protein Content
Low Carb and Low Fat
Types of Protein
The New Direction brand, particularly the Cookies and Cream Meal Replacement Protein Shake, stands out as an exemplary choice for those seeking a high-quality bariatric protein powder. With its impressive 27g of protein per serving and a low-calorie count, it's designed to fit perfectly into a post-bariatric surgery diet, promoting muscle growth and recovery while aiding in weight management. New Direction has a variety of bariatric protein powders including shakes, soups, puddings, and smoothies.
The ProtiDiet Protein Shakes are a basic chocolate or vanilla option for a bariatric-friendly nutritional boost. Each serving packs 15g of protein and 4g of fiber, contributing to satiety and muscle maintenance, crucial after weight loss surgery. It's low in calories (100 per serving) yet provides 20% of the daily recommended calcium, supporting bone health. With its careful formulation to meet the needs of both bariatric and diabetic diets, this shake offers a balanced, indulgent way to stay on track with your health goals.
If you are sensitive to sugars or need a low carb option, ChocoRite has clean protein powders sweetened with stevia. With 20g of protein and just 3g net carbs per serving, it allows flexibility for keto or low carb diets after surgery. It's also packed with vitamins and compatible with gastric sleeve, bypass and LAP-BAND.
AmBari offers a variety of slow-digesting casein protein powders, providing 15g of protein and only 100 calories per serving. The AmBari Nutrition shakes are low-carb and aspartame-free, and fortified with 24 vitamins and minerals, making it an ideal choice for various medical weight loss diet plans. With 7 packets per box, these protein powders are a convenient and tasty option with many flavors to choose from. As a trusted bariatric supplement company, their protein powders are designed for post-op patients.
Numetra Weight Management Systems offers a scientifically developed range of products tailored for low-calorie and bariatric diets. Each item is a fusion of premium proteins, controlled carbohydrates, and essential fats to promote effective weight loss and energy utilization. What sets Numetra apart is its commitment to gut health, with each product enriched with prebiotic fibers and probiotics. This line is conscientiously crafted, omitting soy, aspartame, artificial colors, and gluten, providing a diverse array of flavors and food types to cater to varied dietary needs and preferences
When selecting a bariatric protein powder, consider your own preferences and needs to find the best match. Here are some factors to think about:
Flavored or Unflavored
If you enjoy rich chocolate, vanilla or other sweet shakes, go for a flavored protein. But if you prefer adding your own flavors or sweeteners, an unflavored or lightly flavored option may work better. Also consider mixing flavors, Chocolate Hazelnut and Banana mixed, or Strawberry and Vanilla are great combinations.
If you have lactose intolerance, a whey concentrate powder may cause discomfort, so a lactose-free whey isolate may be better. For nut allergies, check labels for traces of nuts.
Some protein powders fully dissolve while others retain a grainy or chalky texture. If texture is important, consider mixability. Tip: Chilling overnight helps break down particles.
For precise tracking, choose single-serve stick packs. But for more flexibility in recipes, a tub allows measuring spoon portions.
To save money, compare cost per serving. Buying in bulk or subscribing can reduce the prices on some powders. Prioritize higher protein per serving to stretch your dollar further.
Using protein shakes and powders can take some adjustment after bariatric surgery. Here are some tips:
When first introducing protein powders, have a small amount to check tolerance. Too much too soon may cause temporary nausea or discomfort.
Follow Mixing Directions
Mix the recommended scoop size or stick pack with the suggested water or milk amount for ideal texture and taste. Adding too much or too little liquid impacts results.
Use a Blender Bottle
A blender ball bottle thoroughly mixes the powder into drinks with no clumping or grit. Make sure to tightly secure the lid before shaking.
Letting mixed protein shakes chill in the refrigerator overnight allows time for the ingredients to fully incorporate so the texture is smooth.
Once comfortable with tolerating powders, try adding peanut butter powder, sugar free syrups, cinnamon or other flavors to create variety.
Divide Daily Protein Intake
Split up your daily protein goal into smaller portions from solid foods and protein shakes to prevent overload from one large serving.
Won’t too much protein hurt my kidneys?
For most patients, high protein intake is safe for healthy kidneys. But if you have existing kidney issues, check with your bariatric dietitian or doctor about ideal protein goals. They may recommend a lower daily target.
When can I start using protein powder after surgery?
Your doctor or dietitian will advise when to introduce protein powders, which is usually a few weeks after surgery when your stomach has had time to heal and you can tolerate shakes without discomfort. Introduce gradually.
How much protein powder should I have per day?
To meet the 70-100g daily protein goal after bariatric surgery, aim for 30-50g of your total to come from protein shakes or powders split into a few servings. This reaches goals without overdoing it.
Can I use protein bars instead?
Bars are harder to digest and tolerate initially after surgery. Stick with easy to digest drinks and powders first. After healing, when you can tolerate some soft solid foods, then try incorporating bariatric protein bars if you wish.
Writer: Carrie H.
Carrie is a dedicated health and nutrition writer with a strong background in medical and scientific research. She is driven by a passion for helping others lead healthier lives, diving into the latest scientific research. Combining evidence-based knowledge with practical advice, Carrie strives to provide accurate and valuable information on health, nutrition, and wellness. Her ultimate aim is to empower readers, enabling them to make informed choices about their well-being.
Reviewed By: Dr. Kevin Huffman
Dr. Kevin D. Huffman, D.O., is a leading board-certified bariatric physician with extensive expertise in treating obesity. He has trained countless healthcare providers and founded American Bariatric Consultants to develop protocols and training materials sought by medical societies, pharmaceutical companies, patients, and hospitals. Dr. Huffman's impact extends beyond patient care as he prepares physicians for board certification, expanding access to this vital treatment.