Others may want to throw stones at me for telling you this but i don't think you have to eat a high protein diet to be successful with WLS. For various reasons i do not eat a high protein diet but i do get complete proteins at regular intervals but nowhere near the number of grams that others on this site apparently do. One reason of course is that i do not want to give up carbs either! And variety is the spice of life! I also do not eat low fat but get moderate amounts of fat in the form of olive oil, salmon, and nuts. When i reach goal weight (10 pounds away) i will include butter on occasions.
If you eat low glycemic carbs or combine foods in a way that results in a net low glycemic index, it will not interfere wih weight loss.
I am also very interested in health and nutrition, not just getting small and keeping my appetite at bay, and from studying nutrition for years, i am convinced that it is healthier to get a variety of whole foods including fruit, vegetables, peas, beans, whole oats, nuts and seeds, almond milk, peanut butter, yogurt, sweet potato, and infrequently whole grain pancake, lasagna, and stuffed pepper whi*****ludes a bit of rice.
For my proteins, i regularly eat salmon, Myoplex drink most days, Greek yogurt, milks, protein powder added to oatmeal or milk, eggs, turkey drumsticks, and occasionally beef and chicken.
For health, i also drink KyoGreen Powdered Drink Mix whi*****ludes barley grass, wheat grass, brown rice and chlorella, and kelp.
I did not start exercising until this week (4 months out) but still have lost weight consistently and i am 54 y.o. and only 5'4".
As you probably know by now, post-op you will start with clear liquids, then full liquids whi*****ludes protein drinks and drinkable yogurt along with broth and juices, then pureed foods, then soft foods. I did not start soft foods until 8 weeks out.
The point of all this detail is to let you know that you will be going through a period of discovery and transition and will have to find what works best for you. Everyone is different. What works for one may not work for another. So the point is to tread carefully to find what suits you best since you will want to find a way of eating and exercise that you will be able to continue with permanently.
Best Wishes to you!
55 y.o. 5'4" HW: 180's CW: 127 Doctor's GW: 130 My GW: 117
~ working on reaching goal again after regain