Hydration and Bariatric Surgery: The Basics
When you think of weight loss surgery, a lot of the focus is placed on the eating habits that will have to change after the surgery. What you may not think about, however, is the drinking habits that are associated with weight loss surgery and how important they become.
Weight loss surgeries such as bariatric surgery restrict your stomach, which is designed to help you cope with hunger. This also means not being able to hold as much fluid in your stomach. Without a plan in place, this can pose a serious hydration problem.
Below are some basic tips for staying hydrated after bariatric surgery.
Stick To Water
While it may be tempting to drink juice and soda, they do not hydrate you the way water does; and with limited space in your stomach, you want to make sure all the liquid you take in is hydrating you to the fullest.
Keep A Water Bottle On You At All Times
After bariatric surgery, you will not be able to drink a whole bottle of water at a time to catch up if you haven’t been drinking water throughout the day. Instead, you will need to constantly take small sips of water. The best way to ensure you are doing this is to have a bottle of water with you at all times. This will serve as a reminder to continue drinking throughout the day.
Use Cups Of Ice
It can be difficult to get used to drinking small sips at a time after bariatric surgery, especially if you’re used to drinking large amounts of water at a time. One way to train yourself to take small sips is to fill a large cup with ice and drink the water as it melts. This will ensure you are only drinking small portions at a time and will also make you drink water regularly throughout the day.
Just like food and exercise tracking, you can download a water tracking app. Not only will this track the amount of water you are drinking per day, it will also give you regular reminders if you fall behind your scheduled goal.
Bariatric surgery is designed to allow you to lose weight and lead a healthy life; however, it does require you to make lifestyle changes. Hydration is an important part of that lifestyle change.
If you’re interested in weight loss surgery options such as bariatric surgery, contact us at Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery.