Small Volume High Reward
Powders are the way to add high protein to your diet without the bulk and calories of other protein sources. This is what makes a protein drink ideal for a bariatric post op. When you have a stomach the size of an egg that holds just four ounces you have to think of ways to take in enough protein and the nutrients to run the processes of the body!
10 Ounces of Chicken in a 4 ounce bag
I have a circa 2001 RNY pouch and if I cannot eat 10 ounces of chicken in a day to take in even 70 grams of protein, I will lose my hair or if I have already lost my hair, it certainly won’t grow back. What are the odds I can eat 10 ounces of chicken? None, but I can create a base plan of an Inspire protein drink for breakfast, a mug of Inspire Tex Mex Chili or egg salad for lunch, an Inspire protein drink mid afternoon and then 4 ounces of chicken and salad for supper to easily cruise in at a healthy and comfortable 88 grams of protein for this day. This is why protein drinks are called supplements. They add to what we are unable to consume.
Crowd out the bad choices
Protein drinks should be treated as a meal or small meal replacement in a Regain Diet plan. A meal can easily contain 1000 calories, even with a restrictive bariatric surgery. If you swap out that meal for a protein drink you create the same or even greater fullness of the meal but cap your calories at under 150. Protein drinks give us the low calorie high satiety we need to drop serious pounds.
Each serving of protein drink helps us crowd out foods that we know are not good choices. Crowd out that bagel. Crowd out the vending machine cookies or chips, the high calorie coffee drink. Crowd out the 1/2 a Subway sandwich. The best part is by adding the protein drinks you won’t be hungry. Hello Liquid Willpower!
Shake shake shake your booty!
Look for a 20 gram protein portion which is normally contained in a single scoop. If you combine one scoop of the protein powder with water or almond milk or even fat free milk in lieu of breakfast, midmorning/afternoon protein snack or lunch, you will lose weight and feel great, as it provides clean energy to burn throughout the day. Skip high carb breakfasts like the bagels or muffins that many of us have returned to after years of post op life. Even small changes slim us.
Pre workout drink fuels fat burning
A protein drink before breaks down fat more efficiently and provides fuel for a workout. If you don’t eat before working out, you will not burn as much fat. Substitute a scoop of protein powder with half water and half almond milk for anything high carb or even a skipped meal and you’ve got a win-win: Fat is broken down faster, and you can still go the distance to create real and lasting results. You have to pair calorie restriction with an increased metabolism otherwise you will eventually hit a brick wall if you haven’t already done so.
Have a protein plan!
Have a clear purpose. If you are drinking a big ole smoothie and adding lots of fruit, regular milk, peanut butter, yogurt, pudding mix, bananas etc, you’re packing calories into the drink that can quickly add up and ultimately cause weight gain. If your intent is to lose weight, a protein drink will provide the same fullness of a meal for a fraction of the calories. There are lots of ‘internet recipes’ for blender shakes that include whole bananas, Oreo’s and heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter… eeekkkkkk! While they certainly taste good, a 450 calorie shake defeats our purpose of replacing the protein in food with a low calorie, low volume option. IF your protein is not tolerable without all the ‘stuff’ added in, choose a better protein.
Clean and Pure
We create all our products from the position of knowing what it’s like to live with a bariatric pouch! Inspire protein powder has been created for the bariatric pouch by someone who has a bariatric pouch and it tastes better than anything you have tried because it has a clean pure base of Whey Protein Isolate. Other brands use less pure protein Concentrate or Blends where flavorings are are used to cover up the bad smell and funky taste of their cheap protein source. Fact.
Inspire is a small protein drink made to blend in a glass with a spoon! *Think Chocolate Milk!* Fullness is not created by solely by thickness or volume of a shake. Satiety is the feeling of fullness that is created by the amount of time and work it takes body to digest the protein.
Another benefit of using products made by those also use them is that we choose to use USA sourced non-GMO protein and test for heavy metals. It’s good stuff that tastes great!
Create a protein plan and stick to it. Its the fuel we can use as a tool with our pouch tool to get slimmer and stay slimmer.