Bariatric surgery has been an effective therapeutic solution for obesity. It is wish-fulfilling freedom from metabolic diseases and re-living an active lifestyle. Post-surgery, the body goes through dynamic changes that one needs to manage for achieving the very purpose of the surgery - Weight loss, fat loss, or inch loss.
Success is primarily dependent on 2 factors
Factor 1 is Surgery
Factor 2 is Supportive nutrition care
Supportive nutrition care is well planned with our highly experienced nutritionist to help you manage the post-surgery needs of the body and assist you in making the right choices. The changes that need your sincere attention to effectively manage are as follows
- Changes in the metabolic rate
- Malabsorption of nutrients
1) The changes in the metabolism demand high protein intake to
- accelerate recovery
- preserve muscle loss
- aid fat loss
- eliminate all the troubling symptoms like fatigue, edema, poor hair, skin health, etc.
2) Malabsorptive conditions increase the risk of deficiencies hence high protein intake along with other nutrients are recommended to suffice and manage this need.
Many Research evidence states the importance and emphasis on protein intake for bariatric patients:
--In bariatric patients whey proteins assisted in the management of the disease, leading to a greater fat loss with preservation of lean muscle mass compared to the group that did not use the supplementation. (1)
--Protein deficiency causes hair loss, peripheral edema, poor wound healing, and loss of lean body mass in bariatric patients. (2)
Noncompliance with protein intake leads to failure in managing the urgent demand post surgery which causes challenges like:
1) Delayed recovery/ poor wound healing
2) Higher risk of infections
3) Edema ( cz of decreased protein levels )
4) Poor hair & skin health eg. Excessive hair fall, thin hair, dry skin, etc.
5) Prolonged weakness and fatigue
6) Constipation, poor gut health
7) Increased sugar cravings
Protein supplements are essential for bariatric patients which may not be possible from diet alone and supportive nutrition care helps you manage these urgent demands of the body post-surgery. Hence the primary factory may not be the surgery for the long run one needs overall nutrition management.
1) Protein Intake after Bariatric Surgery: A Review by Silvia Leite Faria, PhD; Mariane de Almeida Cardeal, MSci; and Orlando Pereira Faria, MD. Bariatric Times. 2020;17(7):12–14
2) Cardeal M de A, Faria SL, Faria OP, et al. Diet-induced thermogenesis in postoperative Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients with weight regain. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016;12(5):