I am a post op lapbander who had not been successful until I really started working on getting my protein in place FIRST and FOREMOST. Since then, the weight is really coming off. I have been journaling for a month and I noticed that at night I really sabotage myself since I am able to eat more. I read that drinking protein shakes at night was a good thing. I am wondering if I should have a protein shake when I start getting the urge to eat at night. I guess Im answering my question as I write. If Im gonna eat anyway then why not have the protein shake which is a better option for me?? Your thoughts?
Hi Needa, I use the protein shake at night cause I think its a better option. The only time I don't is if I have had two and did not have dinner. Hope that helps. Im waiting on the band so this is my alternative untill surgery.
Doctors recommend using your protein first thing in the morning to kickstart your metabolism and last thing at night so your body can utilize the protein while rebuilding itself.
I found that when I began using a protein before bedtime (and this was preo-op) that I quit waking up at 3 in the morning standing in front of the refrigerator. It seems to keep my blood sugar stabilized and keep me from getting hungry during the night.
I'm a pre-op that has been reasonable successful on my own so far, but I too have nighttime eating issues. I think this is a great idea, especially since the protein shakes are so filling and satisfying! I'll try this too!
Maintain daily activity levels and practice clean eating........still battling some unhealthy behaviors!
Getting adequate protein seems to be a key to losing the weight regardless of surgery type, and probably even for non ops.
I heard other DSers talking about how wonderful they felt when they woke up, if they drank a protein drink right before going to bed, so I tried it, and think it's true.
Protein is more efficiently absorbed early in the morning, late and night and around exercise (i.e., before and after). So I have a protein shake for breakfast and a protein hot chocolate at night as my evening snack.
I try to get protein in at night but never in the form of a shake. As a 59 year old man with prostrate problems, the last thing I need prior to bed is to drink anything. That would ensure a few trips to the bathroom at night.
I use a protein shake in the morning around 8 and at night. I often have a protein shake in the afternoon. My doctor said I was losing too fast last July at my six month check up. I was told to increase my protein. I opted to have an evening shake after my supper.
So, you can see I average three protein shakes per day. I make most of my shakes with different combinations of milk or water. I have many brands to choose from as I like to have choice.
I also found that when I needed to grab and go, I can drink a Low Carb Slim Fast for my protein.