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A few weeks after bariatric weight loss surgery, you will begin using protein supplements after each meal to meet your daily protein requirements.
You will continue to consume protein supplements until you reach the Phase 4: Stabilization Diet. You may need to supplement with protein shakes, drinks, and powders between meals during the stabilization phase, if you can't meet your protein needs with food alone.
We recommend a "protein supplement" after meals, not a "meal replacement" (it's okay to use a ½ cup of a meal replacement at mealtime).
Protein Supplements have 100-150 calories and contain:
Meal Replacements have 200-250 calories and contain:
Bariatric patients can either make their own protein shakes — by mixing protein powder in 8 ounces of water — or purchase pre-made protein shakes after weight loss surgery.