Water, Drink Up (Without Guzzling!)

While you may have heard for years that drinking water can help you lose weight, there are some special considerations after bariatric surgery.

    Glass of water
  1. Drink 1 oz of fluids every 5 minutes. A slower rate of fluid consumption can prevent stretching of the esophagus and stomach.
  2. Avoid carbonated beverages, and don’t drink with a straw. (This also prevents stretching and discomfort).
  3. Stop drinking 30 minutes before meals if you have the sleeve or bypass. (Drink up to the start of meals to help prevent sticking with the lap band. )
  4. Don’t drink with meals, or for one hour after meals.

Aim for 64 oz of fluids daily. Choose mainly pure water, or low-calorie (<5 calories/serving) beverages.
If you need a change, add a packet of sugarless flavoring, or put a slice of lemon or lime in plain water. Try filling a large pitcher with ice and water chilled with apple slices, cucumber slices or mint leaves. Decaf and herbal teas also count toward your fluid intake, but avoid caffeinated beverages.

Why is it important to drink enough water?

Tips for getting your daily water:

So, enjoy the warmer weather staying well hydrated with calorie-free, refreshing water. Just remember to follow the speed limit (and don’t guzzle).

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