The surgeons at Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians (RMAP) strictly forbid the consumption of carbonated beverages. Often they are high in sugar and caffeine. Carbonation distends even normal size stomachs and postpones the sensation of fullness. Even de-caffeinated and sugar-free varieties can have weight loss sabotaging effects as they increase cravings for sweets.
Phosphoric acid is a major component in most sodas. Phosphorus itself is an important bone mineral. But if you are getting a disproportionate amount of phosphorus compared to the amount of calcium you are getting, that could lead to bone loss.
The caffeine found in carbonated beverages, even some teas and coffee, can interfere with calcium absorption. Caffeine can also have detrimental effects on the human body. The tannic acid in teas, coffee and beverages that contain caffeine is known to cause ulcers in normal stomachs as well as the sensitive gastric pouch/sleeve. Caffeine should be avoided for the first four months, and consumed in moderation after that time.
Caffeine is a known diuretic. Post-operatively maintaining proper hydration is essential to good health. Caffeine will need to be avoided.
Artificial and natural sweeteners are known to increase cravings and cause hunger in-between meals. Consume these additives in moderation and dilute pre-mixed drinks, or flavored water.
Drinks containing alcohol are often carbonated and always high in sugar. They are of no nutritional value.
The absorption of alcohol significantly changes after surgery. It is absorbed faster and intoxication occurs sooner. If you do drink alcohol after weight loss surgery, keep in mind that you will reach the legal limit of blood alcohol levels much sooner than you did in the past. The surgeons at RMAP suggest that patients refrain from drinking alcohol. Talk to your surgeon about safe ways to consume alcohol.
Water, Water, Water
Water should be your beverage of choice now and after weight loss surgery. Water flushes toxins out of your body. Prior to surgery and after, you should be drinking at minimum at least 64 ounces of water a day. After surgery drinking enough water, and at appropriate times, is essential to long-term weight loss.
30 Minute Rule
It’s important to not consume liquids with meals. Stop drinking your water 30 minutes prior to eating and wait 30 minutes before you resume drinking again. Adhering to this rule will help prepare your pouch/sleeve for food, will help with tolerance and will keep food in your stomach longer to help you feel satisfied longer. Keeping yourself hydrated between meals will help to avoid cravings and the temptation to graze. Begin now to not consume liquids with your meals. Incorporating this rule into your routine even before you have surgery will ensure an easier transition after surgery.
Read more on water and how much you should be drinking here.
Read more on why sugar-free drinks and artificial sweeteners are bad here.
Find more answers to Frequently Answered Questions here.
Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians
1160 East 3900 South, Suite 4100
SLC, UT 84124