Before you had surgery, we stressed the importance of hydration, and nothing has changed in that regard. You still need to drink 64 ounces (eight cups) of fluid each day to avoid dehydration*. Appropriate fluid intake is essential for good health, proper weight loss and improving energy level.
One challenge that you may have noticed since your surgery is that you can no longer handle gulping fluids due to your smaller stomach size. This means that you have to consistently sip fluids throughout the day. Try drinking fluids from a medicine cup or shot glass instead of a regular-sized glass to limit your intake. Focus on drinking low-calorie beverages, such as water, diet tea, Crystal Light, low-calorie Kool-Aid and skim milk.
Eliminate high-calorie drinks, like milkshakes, soda, beer and other alcoholic beverages. High-calorie beverages provide a great amount of calories and sugar without giving you a feeling of satiety and can result in poor weight loss. It is also important that you never drink carbonated beverages, which cause belching and bloating that can put stress on your stomach. The extra stress can cause enlargement of the pouch or outlet and destroy your surgery. Do not drink fluids with meals and for 30 minutes before and after each meal. Drinking with meals or soon after meals may cause your pouch to overfill, which can lead to vomiting and stretching of the pouch. Drinking can also “wash” the food through your pouch quickly, which may cause you to feel hungry sooner.
* If you experience any of the following symptoms of dehydration, increase your fluid intake and contact your doctor’s office.
- Dry skin/mouth
- Dark urine
- Very little urine output