Weight Loss Products

What we would recommend to our own family

These products might help to make the weight loss journey easier. Our goal is to save you time and reduce shopping stress by featuring products with that magic combination of being high quality, well reviewed, and affordable. We love adding new options that we learn about from patients. During your next visit, tell Dr. Richardson which products have helped you. They might make it on to the list with a ❤️ Patient Suggested highlight.

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Updated: 5/23/22

▪️Protein Supplements

Tips: Replace fat and carbohydrates.

Protein powders are less expensive than ready-to-drink versions, but require some preparation.

Clear fluids are preferred by some physicians early after surgery.

Your surgeon might have options available for sale in the office.

Isopure Powdered Protein Shake

We've used this for years.

PBfit Peanut Butter Powder

Peanut butter without all the fat!
8g of Protein per serving.
We've used this for years.
❤️ Patient Suggested

Core Power Protein Shake

Ready-to-Drink Chocolate
Our favorite tasting ready-to-drink option

Premier Protein Shake

Ready-to-Drink Chocolate
❤️ Patient Suggested

Protein2O Clear Protein Drink

Ready-to-Drink Variety Pack
3 flavors
❤️ Patient Suggested

Isopure Clear Protein Drink

Ready-to-Drink Mango Peach

▪️Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

Tips: Non-gummy chewable vitamins at first after surgery and then traditional tablets.

We're not fans of some gummy vitamins due to the risk of reduced vitamin content. Stick with non-gummy vitamins.

Your surgeon might have options available for sale in the office.

Non-gummy Chewable Vitamins

Flintstones Multivitamins
Not just for kids? Surprising. I know.
We use these.

Traditional Vitamins

Centrum Multivitamins
We use these.


10,000 mcg Biotin from Nature's Bounty
Can supplement multivitamins that are deficient. Keep your hair happy.

Calcium & Vitamin D

1200mg Calcium & 1000IU Vitamin D3 from Nature's Bounty.
Or drink Arizona tap water (Joke).

Vitamin B12

1000mcg Vitamin B12 by Nature's Bounty

▪️Fiber Supplements

Tips: Soluble and insoluble fiber can help protect against constipation without use of aggressive laxatives or stool softeners.


Plant Based Psyllium Husk Powder
Sugar-Free Orange Flavored
We use this.


Plant Based Wheat Dextrin Powder
Sugar-Free No Added Flavor

▪️Calorie Free Salad Dressings

This entire section was ❤️ Patient Suggested

Traditional salad dressing and other sauces can be very high calorie and sabotage weight loss. Walden Farms products are advertised as calorie free, which means no fat and no carbs. We have patients that swear by them (you know who you are!) That's how they made in onto this list.

Calorie Free Salad Dressing Variety Pack

The calorie free variety pack
Thousand Island, Honey Dijon, French, Caesar, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Calorie Free Ranch Dressing

Trivia: Ranch dressing was supposedly invented in the 1950s by Steve Henson while working in Alaska.

Calorie Free Thousand Island Dressing

Trivia: Thousand Island dressing was supposedly invented in the early 1900's by Sophie Lalonde who named it after Thousand Islands, New York.

▪️Measuring Cups & Meal Prepping

Tips: Consider keeping your meal volumes under 4 fl oz. That is fluid ounces not weight ounces. 4 fl oz is the same as 1/2 cup and also 120 ml.

4 fl oz = 1/2 cup = 120 ml

Consider keeping your average daily caloric intake under 1500. Do you really trust that restaurant to help?

You can prepare healthy meals yourself in advance that can be ready when and where you need them. Save money and time, while avoiding calories and stress.

Collapsible Measuring Cups

Measure while you're on the go.
8-piece BPA-free Silicone Cup and Spoon Set.
❤️ Patient Suggested

Glass Measuring Cups

3-piece Pyrex Glass Cup Set. Microwave and Oven Safe

Glass Meal Prep Containers

Perfect 4 fl oz size!
Advertised as Microwave safe, Freezer safe, Dishwasher safe, and BPA free.

Glass Meal Prep Containers

Multi Compartment & Large Sizes.
Advertised as Microwave safe, Freezer safe, Dishwasher safe, and BPA free.

Chest Freezer

When you're serious about meal prepping.
We have one.

Insulated Meal Prep Lunch Box with Food Containers

Advertised as BPA-Free, Microwavable, Freezer Safe. With Shaker Cup, Pill Organizer, and Shoulder Strap

Instant Pot Air Fryer

Air Fry, Roast, Toast, Broil, Bake, Reheat, Dehydrate, Proof & Rotisserie

▪️Water Bottles & Filtration

Tips: Water is the best. Unfortunately, just about everything else has some problem.

Keep your water available, clean, and cold.

YETI 26 oz Vacuum Bottle

Heat can't penetrate well though the bottle's vacuum barrier. Science is amazing. YETI brand products are quality.

YETI 1/2 gallon Vacuum Bottle

Heat can't penetrate well though the bottle's vacuum barrier. Science is amazing. YETI brand products are quality. Giant size and price.

CamelBak HydroBak Hydration Pack

For hikes and exploration. Never drop your water bottle again. 50 oz / 1.5 L. CamelBak brand products are quality.
We have one.

Brita Water Pitcher with Filter

Filters water while in your fridge.
We have one.

Waterdrop Water Filtration System

Tankless Reverse Osmosis. When you want more than what a filter pitcher can deliver.

▪️Scales & Helpful Electronics

Tips: Understand your progress, don't fear it.

Use scales on hard floors rather than carpet or rugs to help increase accuracy.

EatSmart Precision Scale

550 Pound Capacity.Wide platform.Simple.

Omron Body Composition Monitor and Scale

330 Pound Capacity. Impressive
features. Not just a scale.

We have one.

Pocket Pedometer

Counts steps in your pocket all day. Set goals and then achieve them.

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones

Amazing technology that can make "Treadmill time" a pleasure.
We have a different brand. Wish we had one of these instead.

▪️Exercise Equipment

Tips: Burn extra calories rather than store them as body fat.

Keep an eye out for the weight capacities of exercise equipment. Remember, in case you're not yet below a listed limit: You can get there.

Recumbent Cross Trainer and Elliptical

300 pound capacity
❤️ Patient Suggested

XTERRA TRX4500 Treadmill

350 pound capacity

DMASUN Exercise Bike

330 pound capacity

DeskCycle Exercise Peddler

You can use it under a desk or while on a couch.

Foxelli Trekking Poles

All the best: Collapsible, Shock-Absorbing, Carbon Fiber. For all terrain walking and hiking.
We love trekking poles on hikes.

▪️Hair & Skin Care

Not necessary for everyone, but some patients have reported these to be helpful.

Avoid use of scar gel while any skin glue is still in place, which is usually during the first two weeks after surgery.

Biolage Thickening Shampoo

With biotin
❤️ Patient Suggested

Mederma Scar Gel

0.5% Allantoin

Did we miss something helpful? Please let Dr. Richardson know.

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