Once you go through with your bariatric surgery you still have a long, but rewarding road ahead of you with the recovery process. During your post-op appointments with your bariatric surgeon, they will probably go over a diet plan with you. This will more than likely include a “liquid foods only” plan for the first 1-2 weeks of recovery.
Usually the first thing that is suggested during this period of time are healthy meal replacement shakes. Deciding whether store bought or homemade shakes are better for you personally is just one of the many new food choices you’ll have to think about post-op. Here are the pros and cons of premade and homemade meal replacement shakes.
If you have a rather full schedule, it can already be difficult to fit in your new weight loss routine with all your daily commitments. Making it to the gym, spending time with friends and family, and getting all your work done may already seem daunting. If you add on making your own meal replacement shakes, you may become overwhelmed. This is where premade shakes can come in handy.
With store-bought shakes you won’t have to schedule out time in your day to whip up a meal. They’re convenient to take on-the-go and they don’t require all the prep and cleanup homemade shakes do. They also eliminate the need for a high-quality blender to make the shakes if you don’t already own one. Depending on the cost of ingredients in your area, they might even be more cost-effective for you.
The nutrition you are giving your body matters not only for your weight loss journey, but also for your overall health. Bringing together your nutritional intake and your weight loss is key to maintaining your body’s ability to progress toward your goal. The key difference between buying premade meal replacement shakes and making your own at home is the nutritional control you have over what is in it.
By making the shakes yourself, you put yourself in control of your own nutritional intake. You can decide what kind of protein you use, how much to add, and what other nutrients to fortify the shake with. Just be sure you’re using recipes recommended by your doctor so you can ensure the shakes you’re making are actually benefiting your health. If you plan on customizing your own recipes, your doctor can also help you decide what ingredients to include.
On the other hand, premade shakes come with a nutrition label, so you already know what’s in it. This takes away the guesswork that comes with homemade shakes. But beware, not every meal replacement shake on the market is as healthy as they may seem. This is where your label reading and research skills come into play. Be sure to avoid outlandish health claims, look into vague ingredient names and always be mindful of warning labels. When in doubt, always consult your doctor.
The different flavor options available in premade store-bought meal replacement shakes may be fairly limited. Especially when you take away the extra sugary options that tend to plague the shelves. After 2 weeks of drinking the same 2-3 flavors from nutritional brands every day, you might get tired and start craving unhealthy foods.
With homemade meal replacement shakes, you have a much wider variety of options when it comes to flavoring. You can change up recipes when you want something new and get adventurous with flavor combinations. This means you have more options if you get bored of the same old thing, and if you are a pickier person, you have more control over the flavor.
Understanding what you are putting in your body is incredibly important while you are on your way to a healthier you. If you’d like to set up a consultation with our expert doctors at Steward Bariatric and General Surgery, click here! We are always happy to help you on your way.