Feb 2020
Jacqui Lewis - BHSc Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine

Protein - What's the Big Deal?

Protein rich foods like eggs and nuts

Your weight loss surgeon/dietitian will provide you with ongoing guidance about the best foods to eat as you recover from surgery, which are geared towards fast recovery and best for HEALTH results. 

You will find steady theme from day one: PROTEIN INTAKE!

Protein is a cornerstone of the post-bariatric surgery diet, and it is vital you are getting the right amount to support your body’s optimal wellbeing.

How much protein to take?


A rough guide is WOMEN 60 - 80 grams MEN 80 - 100 grams

What are the benefits of protein?

Protein is what we are made of muscles tissues, arteries, your heart. 

It’s also what makes hormones, neurotransmitters like serotonin to make you feel happy, and melatonin to help with good sleep, dopamine so we can regulate our behaviours.

And the one everyone is talking about because its more visible – NAIL and HAIR SKIN health.

If signs of slowed or abnormal growth are visible on the outside, you can bet there have been problems on the inside for a lot longer.

1. Skin problems,

2. Splitting ridged or Flaking nails start when deficiencies are at the point where even the ‘nice to have’ functions like producing hair, is no longer working well. Imagine that all the nutrients are being moved towards the ‘needs to have’ like keeping your brain and muscles functioning.

Studies have shown depressed patients can respond better to exercise (happy hormones) and protein rich diet (more happy hormones) than to depression medication. 

Protein first, every time!

BN Multi is here to support you in reaching your SMART goals with weight loss surgery meal planners and books, portion control plates, weight loss surgery supplements, and more.

Jacqui Lewis
BHSc Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine

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