After WLS we are prescribed a high protein or "Protein First" diet to follow for the rest of our life to ensure adequate weight loss is achieved and a healthy weight is maintained using the WLS tool. But years of dieting have conditioned us to count calories above all else, not the nutrients. For traditionalists who are looking for a generalized daily calorie intake I share this section from Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test which addresses the question of daily caloric intake. I hope you find this a useful nugget of info in your WLS toolbox. Also check out this earlier post: Dietary Protein: Quick List and Recipe Links
Shared with copyright permission from Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test by Kaye Bailey
"I am not particularly comfortable giving specific one-on-one nutritional advice to my weight loss surgery Neighbors. First of all, I’m not a health care worker so I’m not qualified to render such advice. Secondly, I cannot see you to make a semi-informed analysis of your health. Nutritional advice is serious business and should only be given after verbal consultation and laboratory blood analysis, always with trusted health care providers."
"What I can do here is provide you the current generalized recommendations so you have a point of reference when speaking with your qualified health care provider. We may not always have the luxury of speaking with our bariatric centers so it is wise to educate ourselves on the current bariatric standards and practices of nutrition."
"In general, based on the broad-canvas study, bariatric centers agree patients should follow a 1,200-calorie a day diet. The protein, fat, and carbohydrate recommendations are based on that recommendation."
"Protein: Common recommendation for daily protein intake is 60 to 105g (20-35% of a 1,200-calorie diet). Protein digestibility and quality are important factors that patients must take into account when making food or supplement choices. The digestibility of protein is increased when accompanied by a full array of vitamins and minerals."
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"Fat: Fat is necessary for the growth and development of the basic components for hormones, skin, hair, transportation of fat-soluble vitamins, and insulation and cushion for the body and internal organs. As a rule, the bariatric profession abides the American Heart Association recommendation of 27 to 47g daily fat consumption in a 1,200-calorie diet. It is beneficial to take fat-soluble vitamins with food sources that are rich in mono and polyunsaturated fats such as avocado, tuna, salmon, olive oil, flaxseed, and canola oil."
Our WLS body will tell us when we've consumed too much dietary fat by causing dietary stress that may include upset stomach, diarrhea, cramping, vomiting. Here is a simple home remedy to help relieve this type of digestive discomfort:
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"Carbohydrate: Carbohydrate provides the body with its preferred source of fuel and is the only source of energy for the brain, central nervous system, red blood cells, kidney, and retina. Bariatric patients are counseled to choose complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates. Bariatric centers do not generally recommend a specific daily carbohydrate allowance, according to Swilley. The report referenced the generally accepted recommended intake for all people provided by the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine of 113g carbohydrate consumption daily in a 1,200-calorie diet. It is unlikely a gastric surgical patient of any procedure could meet this recommendation."
Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test by Kaye Bailey (C) Copyright 2009
Struggling with carb consumption? Check out this article: Why can't I just quit carbs cold turkey?
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