Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Picking a Protein Supplement

Picking a Protein Supplement

There are numerous brands of protein supplements available. When you visit the GNC or The Vitamin Shoppe, the choices can be overwhelming. Each brand has a unique taste and texture. You will likely have to experiment with several types before finding your favorites. It is best to start by purchasing some sample packets, or a smaller container to see what flavor, texture, and type of protein works best for you. Your dietitian will instruct you on some good places to look for samples.

The recommended minimum daily protein intake including food and supplements is a minimum 85-95 grams per day. Initially, with your 2 ounce portions sizes, it will be more difficult to get in the required protein. It will be very important to ensure you are getting at least 50 grams a day of protein from a supplement (men should strive for 50-65g/d) to help meet you daily needs.fruit shake

As your portions gradually increase (more protein is coming from your food) and you are satisfied with your weight loss, you can reduce the protein drinks. It is important that you continue to make sure your daily protein intake remains between 85-95g. It is not uncommon for long term patients to choose to continue using a protein supplement (a few times per week or even one per day) because they report having more energy, easier weight maintenance, and greater satiety. Rule of thumb: If continued weight loss is desired, then 50grams of protein a day in the form of a supplement per day is recommended.

Your Protein supplement must meet the following requirements:

1. Whey Protein

2. Adequate amount of protein per serving

3. Low Sugar

4. Avoid meal replacements

Additional Notes:

Some Mixing Ideas

The following is a list of items our patients have found helpful and tasty when mixing protein. Also refer to the protein drink recipes included in this section for additional ideas.

Protein Bars

protein barSometimes protein bars can provide a much needed change in your protein routine. They are not meant to be used every day, but, occasionally, they are okay to add variety or in an emergency. Protein bars typically contain a blend of protein types, unnecessary vitamins and minerals and can cost significantly more. They vary in size and protein grams. Some bars are small enough to be consumed in one sitting; however, most are too large and contain too many calories. Therefore they must be divided throughout the day. Protein bars are solid foods, so the 30/30 fluid rule still applies. Much like the above mentioned powered protein, there are many varieties to try and each will have a distinct taste all its own. It is important that you continue to read the labels and follow the same guidelines you would for drinkable proteins.

Contact our office to learn more about your options.