Hey, there, Douglas!!! Long time, no speak! (grin)
For everyone else’s benefit, WLS stands for Weight Loss Surgery, and RNY stands for Roux En Y, which is a type of WLS. With that out of the way, let me include part of what I wrote to you in PM and continue on from there …
First off, you do not need supps to put on muscle. Or let me put it another way. If your diet isn’t right, using supplements will not cause you to put on muscle. Additionally, if your diet is right, you will put on muscle whether you use supplements or not.
You’re on a good site for information in some respects, even though the subjects discussed do not take into consideration your special needs and issues. A few facts. In general, to put on muscle, you need to eat ever so slightly in excess of your maintenance calories. A slight twist to that that might be a bit more accurate, though, is that you would need to eat slightly in excess of what your muscles require to grow (hypertrophy) IN ADDITION TO providing a stimulus for growth (resistance training).
Additional considerations are diet. In non-RNY people, insulin is used to stimulate protein synthesis. One of the issues is getting optimal amounts of protein, which is quoted as 1g of protein per pound of TBW (Total Body Weight) or maybe 1.5g of protein per pound of LBM (Lean Body Mass, meaning everything that is not Fat Mass). But in addition to getting sufficient/optimal amounts of protein, insulin plays a role. And insulin is a hormonal response to eating carbs. I don’t know if eating starchy carbs is an option for you because of your malabsorption issues and the nature of RNY.
Even though I said you don’t need supplements to achieve your goals of increasing LBM, I would think adding in a “clean” protein powder might be helpful/supportive. It’s not that other protein powders are dirty – they’re not! – but I’m talking about a protein powder that doesn’t have a lot of extra sugars or fats or artificial “extras.” The sugar in particular is something I know you need to control.
I do have a few questions for you, Doug, before I start making recommendations.
- How many times a day do you eat?
- Do you take a good broad spectrum digestive enzyme with each and every meal?
- Are you on any medications currently?
- Are you taking any supplements or vitamins?
- I know you can’t eat sugar, but are you able to eat fruit and fructose?
- Can your body handle Sucralose, Equal, or stevia?
- How about healthy starchy carbs like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, amaranth, quinoa, barley? Are you able to eat them in small amounts?
- Other than sugar, are there any foods you are intollerant to, allergic to or can’t eat for whatever reason?
- Have you been taking in any GOOD fats like flaxseed oil, fish oil or olive oil?
- What does your blood work look like? In particular, I’m interested in cholesterol, blood sugar and anything that might be out of whack.
What I’d like to do, Douglas, is focus on a diet that will support your goals. I’ll make some recommendations and refer you to some articles. It would probably be a good idea for you to keep your nutritionist in the loop on what you’re doing dietarily.
I don’t object to your taking supps. Since you have some concerns on binders and fillers, I would recommend that you contact the company and ask for more information. Then you could run it past your nutritionist, pharmacist, doctor, etc., to see if any of them objected. Barring any objections by your health care team, I’d suggest you start off at the lowest possible dose of any supp to assess tolerance and then work up from there. There’s a lot we’re able to figure out on our own if we’ll just listen to our body.
Welcome to T-Nation, by the way!!! (grin)