This is a hot topic in the world of weight loss!
There are differing opinions, but here’s something that everyone agrees on; meeting your protein goal is job #1.
Doctors and dietitians want you to follow a routine that works best for you and helps you meet your health goals. How people achieve their goals varies from patient to patient, and that is OK. There is not a clear-cut answer that works for everyone.
“Real Food” might work OK for some patients, but for anyone who struggles with digesting meat or can only eat very small portions, protein shakes are the answer for meeting protein goals.
One patient said:
“I just can’t live within my caloric restraints, and meet my protein goals, if I don’t use protein shakes. So even now, seven years postop, I still do two or three protein shakes a day.
Honestly, I don’t enjoy fish or meat enough to eat it multiple times each day and frankly, I don’t tolerate much more than 3oz at a time, so getting all my protein from whole food sources just isn’t realistic for me. And when I don’t use my shakes, something else usually slides into their place that quickly causes weight gain.”
Here’s what a good protein day might look like with whole foods and protein shakes:
- Breakfast: UNJURY® Vanilla Ready to Drink Shake
- Mid-morning snack: Decaf coffee with 5oz Greek yogurt and berries
- Lunch: 3oz of chicken (with fruit or veggies)
- Afternoon snack: UNJURY® Chocolate Peanut Butter Mighty Bite
- Dinner: 3oz salmon with veggies and grain
- Evening snack: UNJURY® Chocolate Splendor protein shake or “ice cream”
Your metabolism and long-term health depend on healthy lean muscle. So, find a balance of good protein sources that work for you!