It seems that more people are looking to add protein to their diets. Whether it’s eating energy bars, sprinkling powder into smoothies or downing “recovery drinks,” protein is a dieting buzz word. But, is extra protein necessary? Is the high-protein trend a passing phase?

After weight loss surgery, you’ll work with a WeightWise dietitian who will help you make sense of your protein requirements. Getting adequate, good-quality protein is essential for health. In most cases, a diet of whole foods will provide you with the nutrients you need.

Powders and supplements have their place, but you’ll depend on food for protein. While we do recommend limiting carbohydrates, low-carb is not the same as high protein.

If you’ve been hearing talk of the benefits of high protein, you should know that there are certain circumstances when it makes sense to add protein to your diet.

Bodybuilders

Not many people work as hard as body builders. These ambitious athletes lift heavy weight everyday, striving to add muscle. Bodybuilders have always made it a mission to get extra protein. If you’re working on resistance training or doing daily endurance exercises, you may need extra protein. Hard training tears down muscle tissue. That tissue is then rebuilt and repaired. If you’re trying to build strong muscle cells but don’t have amino acids being built from protein, you won’t be able to build muscle. Unless you’re a competitive bodybuilder, however, you can probably get the protein you need from food.

A platter of deli meats

People prone to gaining weight

Protein takes the body longer to digest, which means it helps you feel fuller for longer. It is also known to help stabilize blood sugar, which can help reduce food cravings. If you’re trying to lose weight, preventing hunger is key. Filling up on fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and a healthy dose of protein-rich foods and drinks will help you feel satisfied even while limiting carbs. Balance is key, though. Your dietitian is your best source for helping you understand your protein requirements.

Middle-aged people

As we age, we lose muscle. Resistance training is the best way to slow that loss. Supporting your workouts with the proper nutrition may help you hang on to the benefits of working out. As you get older, you may need more protein. Recent studies have supported the idea that for adults ages 52 to 75, more daily protein helped build and maintain muscle mass.  

To learn more about our metabolic program and weight loss surgery, contact WeightWise. Our team is here to support you in your health and fitness goals.