Bariatric surgery is a big step towards better health and conquering your weight, but with it comes some big responsibility. After the procedure, you must pay close attention to what and how much you eat. One of the most important aspects of your new diet will be your protein intake. Read below to learn why protein is important after bariatric surgery.
Why Protein Is Important After Bariatric Surgery
Every cell, every muscle, and every organ in your body is made up of protein, and that protein breaks down. You have to replace it, and this becomes even more important after bariatric surgery because you are limiting how many calories you take in throughout the day. This means many of those calories need to be from protein sources.
Protein helps your body in a number of ways after your surgery. It maintains and builds muscle mass that is essential for weight loss. Because of your low-calorie diet, you are already at risk for reduced muscle mass. If your body does not receive enough protein from outside sources, it will break down even more of your muscle mass to compensate.
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