What do Weight Loss Surgery Patients and Bodybuilders Have in Common?

by Christine Hronec

starLittle do they know it, but both bodybuilders and weight loss surgery patients have one thing in common, they both consume whey protein as a large part of their diet. In this day and age, more and more Americans are becoming dangerously obese. While diet and exercise is fine for some, others choose to undergo surgery to expedite the weight loss process. Roseanne Barr, Star Jones-Reyonds, Al Roker, Randy Jackson, Carnie Wilson, and Sharon Osborne to name a few, are celebrities that have undergone weight loss surgery in the effort to reverse the damaging effects of obesity. These damaging effects include the increased risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, cancer and much more. The most common form of weight loss surgery is the gastric by-pass procedure. This is where the stomach is reduced to the size of a walnut and then reattached to the small intestine, by passing part of the intestine and therefore limiting absorption of calories. These procedures are most effective when followed up by carefully monitored nutrition programs, including the use of whey protein supplements post-op. It seems that the nation as a whole is shifting away from careless lifestyles to counting every last gram of protein for the sake of good health.

According to the director of bariatric surgery at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, the overall goal is to get someone into a healthy lifestyle and reduce their obesity related conditions, not make people “skinny.” About 300,000 procedures have been performed worldwide since the U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device for gastric by-pass surgery in 2001. This now accounts for about 36 percent of the weight loss surgery market according to a Duke University Study. In general, gastric by-pass surgery generally results in more significant weight loss than alternative procedures such as the adjustable band.

People that undergo weight loss surgery rely strictly on liquids during the early post-operative phase, with the majority of their calories consumed during that time primarily from protein supplements derived from whey. It is recommended that post-op patients get a minimum of 60 – 80 grams of protein per day, however with the volume restrictions on the stomach, the nutritional needs are best managed by consumption of high quality protein supplements that contain all of the essential amino acids. Whey protein Isolate is the most commonly used protein for bariatric patients due to the fact that is the most concentrated form of protein, it is virtually free of lactose due to the ultrafiltration process, and it has the best mix ability compared to other protein types. Some companies offer flavored varieties of whey protein isolate specifically for bariatric use. It is essential that the whey protein is formulated for taste when one is consuming a high protein diet, as taste is key for a patient’s ability to sustain this type of regime for the amount of time needed to deliver results. Bariatric clinics, doctors’ offices, and surgeons source their products from contract manufacturers to formulate and develop top selling flavors to support long term success of the patients. Muscle Gauge Nutrition offers this service and has created several bariatric protein lines available for private label use. For more information on contract manufacturing or bariatric supplements, contact use today at 610-619-0005 or sales@musclegauge.com

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