Do you know how much protein YOU need? Yes, YOU.

No doubt you have seen or heard on lots of opinions on protein needs after weight loss surgery, the types of and amounts of protein you should be having. From the different online groups to the different members of your weight loss surgery team, everyone has an opinion and we are here to tell you ours.

Our opinion is that YOU need to work out YOUR OWN protein requirement. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We don’t all wear a size 10 shoe, so we don’t all need the same amount of protein.

We like to calculate your protein needs based on your Adjusted Ideal Body Weight (AIBW). We like to refer to the AIBW as a ‘friendly’ goal weight. It is not a weight in your healthy weight range, as let’s face it, for many of us, the healthy weight range is not realistic. If you need the weigh the same as you did at 15 years old to fit in the healthy weight range, then that is not an achievable goal. Don’t get us wrong, the healthy weight range may be achievable for some, but for many, it is not.

Using the AIBW is a great way to estimate your protein needs as it takes into account that much of our fat tissue does not need protein to survive. It therefore helps us estimate a realistic amount of protein that we need.

To make it easy to work out your AIBW and therefore your protein needs, you can download our spreadsheet below. Simply click to download it, enter your height and weight and there you go – YOUR personalised protein requirement!

Your Protein Needs

Now please be gentle with this spreadsheet! Only enter your details in the YELLOW boxes. It will then do the rest for you.

So how do you meet this protein requirement?

We always recommend food as the best way to meet your protein requirements. We have done all the hard work for you in our Power of Protein mini book which tells you exactly how much protein you are getting from the food and drink you are already having. You can get the Power of Protein mini book free when you spend over $50 in our online store.

If you find getting protein from food challenging, we love BODIE’z Clear Protein Waters (yes, clear!). Read more about them here.

Hi! We are Justine and Sally. Working with over a thousand people each year preparing for, undergoing, or who have had weight loss surgery, we are here to support you.

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