Sipping a soda on a hot (or cold!) day may sound delicious, but it can be hindering your weight loss success. A recent article by the Harvard School of Public Health claims that drinking a can of soda increases childhood obesity risk by an upwards of 60% in the course of 18 months, and adults feel the effects too. If you’ve already elected for bariatric surgery at the Christiana Institute of Advanced Surgery and you are working on reducing your weight, avoiding nutrient-devoid beverages like sodas or sugary drinks is a crucial part of your new lifestyle. Drinking plain or flavored water is an excellent way to spur your weight loss success forward.
Benefits of Drinking Water
Improve Weight Loss- Being hydrated may improve your metabolism. Based on an article byHealth and Healing, being dehydrated slows down cellular function and can slow metabolism.
Skin Elasticity-Drink too little water and your skin can suffer. It’s especially important to drink water after bariatric surgery because hydrated skin shrinks more efficiently as you lose weight.
Calorie Free Quencher- By substituting calorie-laden drinks with water, seltzer water, or unsweetened tea you can shave significant calories from your day.
Improved Kidney Function- Dispel toxins from your body and keep your kidneys working by drinking enough fluids.
Flavored Water Ideas
If cutting sugary drinks makes you want to yawn, try a few additions to spruce up your sips:
Lemons- Lemons not only freshen up a drink, they’ve even been linked to aiding digestion, cleansing your system, and stimulating the liver.
Cucumber- Some research suggests that during steeping, some of the nutrients in cucumbers transfer to the water. Aside from the clean taste, cucumber can also help keep a drink cool.
Berries- Not only do berries look pretty, but they can add a nice flavor to cold water. Allow berries to steep for a few hours for the best flavor.
Mint leaves- Mix mint leaves and lemon, or mint leaves and cucumber for a super refreshing drink any time of the year. Mint is beneficial for aiding digestion and may even help irritable bowel syndrome.
Tea- If you absolutely cannot abide water; green, herbal, or white teas can help keep you hydrated and may be a great source of antioxidants.
After having gastric band, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass, it’s important to establish healthy new habits. Drinking enough water helps your body function smoothly, prevents dehydrations, and can help provide feelings of satiety. In general it is important to consume 8 glasses of water a day, but also a visit with our dietitian can help you determine how much water is optimal for you. To learn more about our weight loss surgery Center of Excellence in Delaware, sign up for afree seminar or contact us at 302-892-9900.