Should You Drink Soda After Bariatric Surgery?

Did you know that even small changes to your diet can add up to serious results over time? During National Nutrition Month this March, many health centers across the United States are encouraging members of their community to replace just one bad habit with a healthier choice. At CHRIAS we would like to encourage patients and non-patients to swap soda for healthier refreshment options.

Can you drink soda after bariatric surgery?
Drinking soda after bariatric surgery is not recommended for a few reasons. The main reason is that after surgery like gastric bypass or gastric sleeve your body needs time to heal. The carbonation in sodas puts extra pressure on the stomach and can cause problems for people who have recently had surgery. Even patients who had bariatric surgery a few years ago should avoid carbonation because it may cause your stomach to stretch over time. Aside from the carbonation, the sugars (and fake sugars) in sodas may cause weight gain, too.

Is diet soda bad to drink after weight loss surgery?
If you’re thinking “Wait, diet sodas don’t have calories!”, a recent article from Dr. David L. Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, may debunk the common myth that diet sodas are “diet” sodas. The article suggests that even diet sodas can affect weight and potentially contribute to obesity. Why? According to Katz, sweeteners in diet soda can cause people to crave sweeter foods, and to ultimately satisfy that craving by eating more sugar-filled foods.

Healthy drink options after surgery:
We know drinking plain water can get boring so CHRIAS came up with some yummy infusions that can help your weight loss along without sacrificing flavor.

  • Citrus water- Infuse water with a citrus essence by soaking sliced lemons, limes, and tangerines in a container of water for a few hours.
  • Minty lemon water- Add sliced lemons and a small handful of mint leaves to a pitcher of water. Let soak overnight.
  • Berry “limeade”- cut half a lime into wedges. Throw the lime into the blender with a little water and lightly blend until the lime is broken into large pieces. Strain and add in a few berries to the water. Blend again. Add water to taste and you should have tart berry lime water
  • Unsweetened teas- Keep you fridge stocked with caffeine-free, or low-caffeine teas to stay hydrated.

This March consider swapping an unhealthy habit for a new nutritious one. Add more veggies to your meals, sip water instead of sweetened drinks, or cut back on sugary snacks. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy weight after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric banding at our Delaware weight loss surgery center. To learn more about bariatric surgery, please attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars, call us at 302-892-9900 or contact us online.

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