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How do you get 50-60 grams of protein per day???

Normak
on 1/26/08 7:52 am
I know that some people feel supplementing with protein powers/drinks is  not the optimum choice. So tell me- how do you get in all that protein volume wise and calorie-wise?  When I am effectively restricted, I have a lot of trouble getting that many grams of protein with regular food. Do you actually add them up based on what you are eating? I have checked protein counters to see how much I am getting with regular food. Here are some sample gram values of basic protein foods: Chicken- 3 oz 25 grams Yogurt 7 grams Milk 1 cup 8 grams Tofu 4 oz 9 grams egg-1 6 grams Tuna 4 oz 28 grams Kidney beans 1/2 cup 7 grams Where's the room for vegetables? I am really curious.



Becca B.
on 1/26/08 8:03 am - Cincinnati, OH
Well you eat your protein first and then  your vegetables.  You should be eating about 1- 1 1/2 cups of food per most recommendations, is your doctor suggesting less than that?  If so then I can see where you would have trouble getting other things in.




Starting: 382  
Day of Surgery: 375  
Current: 325
Goal: 180

Normak
on 1/26/08 8:17 am
I do the protein first, but I  can't eat 1.5 cups at a sitting. Maybe I would be better off with less at meals and adding a couple of protein snacks if I can't do the whole 1.5 cups at meals?



Becca B.
on 1/26/08 9:11 am - Cincinnati, OH
You should be eating every 3 hours.  I just went to the dietician the other day, she increased my calories due to the amount of exercising I am doing but you could use the meal plan she gave me as a guideline and edit it to fit your calorie count. B: 1 hard boiled egg or 2 egg whites with cheese     1 WC oatmeal     1/2 to a whole small banana S:  1/2 cup LF cottage cheese      1/2 cup pineapple L:  1 cup lettuce and any vegetables I want      2 tbsp FF dressing      3 oz lean meat (tuna, deli turkey or deli ham) S:  1 small apple and 1/2 tbsp peanut butter D:  3 oz protein       1/2 cup starch       1/2 cup green vegetables




Starting: 382  
Day of Surgery: 375  
Current: 325
Goal: 180

taw1975
on 1/26/08 3:23 pm - DFW, TX
Lap Band on 11/14/06 with
Just as a side note--there is no way I could eat every 3 hours.  Every doc/every nut is very different.  Check with yours to find out his specific plan for you.
Becca B.
on 1/26/08 10:00 pm - Cincinnati, OH
You are definitely right that every doc and nut is different in what they do.  I figure there may come a time when I can't eat every 3 hours, but they are trying to decide if I really need a fill or if I'm just not making good decisions.  I personally think I need a fill because right now I could eat about every 2 hours because I am starving.




Starting: 382  
Day of Surgery: 375  
Current: 325
Goal: 180

taw1975
on 1/26/08 8:11 am - DFW, TX
Lap Band on 11/14/06 with
Here's a typical day of how I get my protien...and I'm always over the 50-60 grams.  Most days a skinny latte from Starbucks to start the day--Venti Hazelnut Skinny Latte--15 grams of protien Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs w/ 1 T. non-fat milk--13.6 grams of protien Oscar Mayer Ready to Serve Canadian Bacon--9 grams of protien Lunch:  Taco Bell Taco--8 grams of protien Pintos and Cheese--9 grams of protien Snack: (usually on the way home) 1 piece of string cheese--7 grams of protien Dinner:  1 piece of tilapia--22 grams of protien Protien is always easy for me to get if I remember to start with it first.  Hope this helps.   I also eat a lot of chili which is high in protien, low in fat. Tonya
Normak
on 1/26/08 8:15 am
I don't feel like I am too filled, but maybe I am. I don't think I can get all that in. I can't do breakfast until 11 am. How many calories is that? Maybe I am taking in too little? Will have to start a daily count for a week. And remember to eat when I am not hungry. Thanks



taw1975
on 1/26/08 8:20 am - DFW, TX
Lap Band on 11/14/06 with
I can't eat first thing in the morning and I usually don't eat dinner until around 7.  I start my day with coffee and the warm liquid helps to open me up and start off with some protien.  Some days I can't eat all of the breakfast or the lunch but as long as you start the foundation of your meal with protien  you should be fine.   As a side note, my nut says as long as your averaging the protien over a week's time you are fine.  So if you are only getting 40 grams one day and 80 the next--you are okay.   Hope this helps,  Tonya
Frances S.
on 1/26/08 10:53 am - Zachary, LA
Another thing... if you are too tight to get your protein ounces in, please consider Tonya's idea of chili. Most chili recipes are going to give you between 30-40 grams in a bowl and it's mushy. I've been having trouble with solids (not from band being too filled) and I've also added cream soups. I use can soup as a base and add cooked shrimp and crab meat. I've even pureed the shrimp once to make a thick seafood bisque. Gets the protein without all that chewing and painful swallowing. Good luck! Frances
Normak
on 1/28/08 9:19 am
Chili is a good idea.  i like the soup idea as well.



gottaluvave
on 1/26/08 8:31 am - Dallas, TX
On January 26, 2008 at 8:11 AM Pacific Time, taw1975 wrote:
Here's a typical day of how I get my protien...and I'm always over the 50-60 grams.  Most days a skinny latte from Starbucks to start the day--Venti Hazelnut Skinny Latte--15 grams of protien Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs w/ 1 T. non-fat milk--13.6 grams of protien Oscar Mayer Ready to Serve Canadian Bacon--9 grams of protien Lunch:  Taco Bell Taco--8 grams of protien Pintos and Cheese--9 grams of protien Snack: (usually on the way home) 1 piece of string cheese--7 grams of protien Dinner:  1 piece of tilapia--22 grams of protien Protien is always easy for me to get if I remember to start with it first.  Hope this helps.   I also eat a lot of chili which is high in protien, low in fat. Tonya
there are 15 grams in a skinny latte from Starbys?   Ooooh, then I am doing better than I thought!

Start Weight:   256
Surgery Weight: 248
Lowest Weight: 176
Revision Weight: 201
Current Weight:  196
Goal:  165

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taw1975
on 1/26/08 8:33 am - DFW, TX
Lap Band on 11/14/06 with
In the Venti size--I'm addicted and need the big one to start my day. LOL The tall has 9 and the grande 12.
gottaluvave
on 1/26/08 8:30 am - Dallas, TX
pureed or very steamed veggies are what I have to do and I have to be very careful with stalks... also, V-8 juice is a good source of veggies!

Start Weight:   256
Surgery Weight: 248
Lowest Weight: 176
Revision Weight: 201
Current Weight:  196
Goal:  165

Never turning back!!!!!!!!

Frances S.
on 1/26/08 10:48 am - Zachary, LA
If you had a 20 gram serving of protein at lunch and dinner -- chicken, beef, tuna, etc., -- that would give you 40 grams of protein just there. Then you add 20 more grams with the things you eat with those meat items: Beans as a side, 7 grams cheese in your meat, 7 grams A glass of milk, 8 grams 2 eggs for breakfast, 12 grams Even if you just added eggs for breakfast and a glass of milk, you have the 60 grams if you had 3-4 oz of meat at lunch or dinner. Side note, these are suggestions. Please be cautious when any tells you what you "should" be doing -- other than the professionals. We are all different and if one person should eat every three hours, doesn't mean it's best for you. I eat three meals a day with no snacks or between-meal supplements. Does that mean you "should?" Nope. Good luck in finding what's best for you, Frances


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John T.
on 1/26/08 11:07 am - Highlands Ranch, CO
You mentioned a couple of good sources of protien on your list. i eat alot of albacore tuna.  its the perfect size and tons of protien! also, i LOVE chicken wings...so alot of times for lunch i go to this wing place that has 39 cent wings on tuesdays and get enough for a few lunches during the week.  another lunch idea is I go and get the Wendys chili off the dollar menu. and add the meat of of one of the dollar burgers there and add it into the chili to add more protien.   i feel stuffed after that and it only costs me 2 bucks plus tax! i never have been good at vegetables, even before my surgury i was bad at it...sometimes i have a v-8 (i know its high in sodium) and alot of times i get cans of green beans and eat them as a snack.

John T banded 8/29/07  high/surgury/current/goal  =  360/346/187/174  




 

 

Jenn S
on 1/26/08 4:07 pm - Seattle, WA
Lap Band on 09/12/05 with
These are all great ideas! Everyone's nutritionist is different - mine says 3 meals, 3/4  - 1 c. food each, and maybe one snack. I stick to 1000-1200 calories/day and often do supplement with a sugar-free smoothie from a nearby sports-performance smoothie shop. That said, one thing she reminded me last time is that almost EVERYTHING has some protein - broccoli, bread - she said those 1-2 grams can add up to a significant serving by day's end. I don't always do it perfectly, and honestly follow Weigh****chers to manage my intake - that said, here are my key 'rules' - nothing too new or shocking, I'm afraid... - Eat protein first! I have an egg and 1/2 ounce of crispy bacon at breakfast (with 1 slice of carb-curber bread - 50 calories with 7 grams of fiber!) - Tuna salad, 1/3 c. at lunch with 1/2 ounce almonds and 5 water crackers - Often a smoothie (33 g. protein) or a soy latte (12 g. protein) snack - 3-4 ounces fish/chicken/beef (mostly fish, some chicken, rarely beef), 1/2 c. veggies, and sometimes a wee bit'o'carbs (I love veggie spring rolls) I'm not perfect nor do I claim to be, but I'm holding up just fine with this. My nutritionist also suggested looking at the whole week - rather than daily - and often it just works out for me overall. Hope that's somewhat helpful!
(deactivated member)
on 1/26/08 4:19 pm

When I'm really wanting some steamed squash or pumpkin or sweet tater, I have it, mu**** and add flavorless protein to keep my count up for the day.  I still consider that a "regular food"-but with my reduced capacity there is no way I can eat the veggies I like to the degree I like and still get my protien.  I'm just not a big meat eater, gets even less in the summer when the fresh veggies come on.

Like a couple of other have said, Chili is greatness and easy to eat.  I buy soy based "cream" of corn soup and dump in a can of crab and viola-cheep, low fat crab chowder that tastes oooooh so good and is full of protein.  Works with a can of chicken or tuna too.

moski305
on 6/18/09 2:16 pm
There is absolutely NO WAY I could get my protein in, having been out approx. 10 days from surgery! I was very concerned bout the protein.......went to the vitamin store and got "New Whey" Liquid Protein dietary supplement.......comes in 4-5 flavors and has 42 grams of protein........they are like large test tubes, I drink one and a half during the course of the day! One whole one starting my day out and another half aat the end of the day............but might skip the half depending on what I eat!

It's a but pricey BUT the easiest way for me to get the protein in! E-bay sells it as well ):