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Whey Protein and Weight Loss Surgery Fact Sheet

Before and after weight loss surgery, patients are advised to eat primarily protein. Protein helps prepare the body before surgery and reduce the amount of fat in the liver. After surgery, protein is necessary to repair body cells (help with wound healing), build and repair muscles and bones, provide a source of energy and to control many of the important processes in the body related to metabolism. Protein also helps to maintain muscle mass during weight loss.

Protein Requirements
Post-surgery protein recommendations are 60-80 grams of high-quality protein per day, but it's always a good idea to consult a doctor when making this decision. A high quality protein contains all of the essential amino acids required by the body. Due to the reduced stomach capacity after surgery, it may be difficult to consume this much protein from food alone. High quality protein supplements can help patients meet their daily protein requirements.

About Whey Protein
Whey proteins are high-quality proteins derived from milk, with protein quality scores similar to those of egg protein. Whey proteins, easily digested and absorbed, are complete proteins that contain all of the essential amino acids required by the human body. They are also rich in leucine, an amino acid proven to preserve lean muscle tissue while promoting fat loss. Whey protein even contributes the amino acids required by the body to synthesize glutathione, an important antioxidant required to support a healthy immune system.

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