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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Resolution: Take to heart "Protein First" rule of WLS
At LivingAfterWLS we live by the commonly accepted Four Rules of weight loss surgery, the first of which is Protein First. In dieting language we follow a high protein low carbohydrate diet. This is the diet prescribed by most bariatric centers for patients to follow for life. Scientific and anecdotal evidence supports that following a high protein diet is the most effective way to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight while using the benefits of bariatric surgery.

For quick reference check out this blog:  Dietary Protein: Quick List and Recipe Links

If you are trying to lose weight after surgery, if your weight loss is stalled, or if you are struggling to maintain your healthy weight, now is the time to revisit the Protein First rule.

Eat protein (excerpted from: Inspired Reminders Newsletter)
We know the first rule of weight loss surgery is to eat protein first. That means we must eat protein at every meal. The high protein or protein first diet is prescribed for all bariatric procedures and is the dietary guideline patients are instructed to follow for life. The bulk of our calories at any meal should come from animal, dairy, or vegetable protein. This includes breakfast. By eating protein first thing in the morning we instantly raise our metabolism, we promote feelings of satiation and reduce cravings for snacks or simple carbohydrates. Link to newsletter in our archive: Inspired Reminders Newsletter

Suggested Reading: Understand the Four Rules of WLS Before Going Under the Knife

 WebMd tells us, "Protein is the ultimate fill-me-up food -- it's more satisfying than carbs or fats and keeps you feeling full for longer. It also helps preserve muscle mass and encourages fat burning. So be sure to incorporate healthy proteins like seafood, lean meat, egg whites, yogurt, cheese, soy, nuts, or beans into your meals and snacks."

Eating a high protein breakfast effectively staves hunger cravings and snacking binges later in the day because it reduces the circulating levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. So not only are we raising our metabolism with high protein nutrition, we are managing the brain chemistry that often gets the blame for head hunger and snacking binges. The earlier in the day we eat protein the more likely we are to stick with our high protein diet plan without annoying cravings or sluggishness.

Try this yummy recipe: Spring Eggs with Salmon and Asparagus

Try starting your day with 35 grams of high quality protein including eggs, meat, poultry, shellfish or fish, Greek yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, vegetarian protein, or protein supplementation such as protein shakes or protein bars. I keep hard-cooked eggs on hand for a quick-grab breakfast and more often than not mix my ready-to-drink protein shake with hot coffee (use it like coffee creamer) for a steady supply of morning protein. For more protein breakfast ideas check out Breakfast Basics of WLS: Why you must eat a high protein breakfast every day.

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Earlier this year we published a newsletter that featured this Multi-Use DIY Pumpkin Spice Protein Mix recipe and ways to use it as we actively seek to increase our daily protein intake. You can read this newsletter in full online in our archive: Pumpkin Spice Protein Mix

 Protein Supplementation after WLS
It is common to see the question, "What protein powder should I use?" asked in online groups. What is surprising, to me, is the inconsistency in answers and the passion with which people believe there is only one true and correct answer to the question. Continue Reading:  5DPT May Bulletin Online

Suggested Reading: Understand the Four Rules of WLS Before Going Under the Knife
Weight loss surgery is frequently perceived as an easy means to weight loss that requires little or no effort by the patient. However, patients who undergo bariatric surgery are prescribed Four Rules of dietary and lifestyle management that they will follow for the rest of their life if they wish to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Here is what you need to know about the Four Rules of weight loss surgery before going under the knife. Continue Reading

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