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I am getting over 100 grams of Protein in with the 2 shakes I am getting in each day. Closer to 120 grams. I guess since the doc wants 55-60 minimum this would be ok? What say ye?

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I have to get 100+ since we discovered early on that I malabsorb it. 60-80 grams since to be the most recommended amount for WLS patients, but I know people who do a lot of weight lifting often get more than that - 100 grams or more. Check with your dietitian, but I suspect you're probably OK.

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Just make sure you have plenty of water/fluids. Very high Protein can be hard on the kidneys, so fluids can help prevent issues.

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My particular surgery has a 80g-100g a day minimum requirement. On average I probably get around 100g-115g of Protein a day. The most I had in a day was 153g of protein.

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4 hours ago, OAGBPal said:

You're fine.

THANKS

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3 minutes ago, NovaLuna said:

My particular surgery has a 80g-100g a day minimum requirement. On average I probably get around 100g-115g of Protein a day. The most I had in a day was 153g of Protein.

Thanks...This is good to hear.

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3 hours ago, WishMeSmaller said:

Just make sure you have plenty of water/fluids. Very high Protein can be hard on the kidneys, so fluids can help prevent issues.

Thanks....I am getting well north of 64 oz in fluids

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Here's what Harvard Medical School says:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/nutrition/when-it-comes-to-protein-how-much-is-too-much

Edited by Creekimp13

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You are probably doing fine, unless you have known kidney issues, in which case your nephrologist would give you overriding instructions..

Typically, bariatric programs have recommendations on the order of 60-80 g for women and 80-100 g for men, sometimes somewhat higher or lower depending....

The 40-55 type numbers I think originate from WHO and represent something of an RDA type of level - sufficient to prevent deficiency disease but not necessarily what is needed for optimum health under varied circumstances. It's great if you are having to figure out how much of what type of food to send to some remote area after a disaster; not so great on figuring what you need for your lifestyle. The other end of the spectrum would be the recommendations for 150,200,300 g that you may see in the men's health or body builder magazines that are intended to sell Protein supplements.

Generally what you need is proportional to your muscle or lean body mass (similar, but not quite the same), so ignore any calculators that deal strictly with overall body weight - the excess fat that you are carrying now doesn't need protein to maintain it. The best indicator that I have found is from a Dr. Michael Colgan who is a sports nutritionist that does (or did, may be retired by now) a lot of work trying to figure out just what the body needs for different circumstances, as opposed to basic RDAs. The basic formula he came up with takes the premise that the body is replacing all of the muscle mass every six months, and that works back to the amount of protein that is needed daily. So, for my 150 or so lb of muscle mass, it needs about 105 g daily. A short woman with half that muscle mass would need half that, or about 50g. So his figures are in the same ballpark as most of the rest that were derived from other means, so it passes my "smell test" - it's plausible. Being a guy of similar size, I would expect you to be similar. Further, this method tells me that if I wanted to add muscle mass, then I would have to add around 40g per day to add around 10 lb over six months - a reasonable goal with suitable work and training and without funny drugs (but it does take the work - it doesn't just get there by eating more!)

Overall, it seems like you are on the right track for your size and previously stated fitness inclinations.

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Some days I find myself having well over 100, and other days I am lucky to reach the expected goal. It all depends on what I eat. I asked my doc about it when I had the 6 month follow up, and they said its fine.

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3 hours ago, STLoser said:

I had Loop DS and I'm required to get 90 to 110 of Protein a day. I usually get around 100 most days. I'm almost 8 months post op.

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Thanks. That is good info, I too am getting 100-120 a day.

Edited by Tim C

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-Mayo Clinic's answer: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/are-you-getting-too-much-protein

Cleveland Clinic: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/can-you-eat-too-much-protein/

Take what you like and leave the rest. I just plugged the question into the Google machine and tried to sort out a few of the more respected sources.

People are gonna have strong feelings about this one. To each their own.

In the end, we all pay our money and take our chances. Do your own evaluation of benefit-vs-risk.

Edited by Creekimp13

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22 hours ago, HealthyLifeStyle said:

Some days I find myself having well over 100, and other days I am lucky to reach the expected goal. It all depends on what I eat. I asked my doc about it when I had the 6 month follow up, and they said its fine.

Thanks!

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