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Staying Hydrated After Weight Loss Surgery
November 10, 2015Drinking water after bariatric surgery

Your body needs to stay hydrated to keep it functioning at its best. Dehydration occurs when your body does not get enough fluids, and is the most common reason for readmission to the hospital after weight loss surgery.

Reaching the recommended goal of 80 to 100 ounces of fluids a day can be challenging for many bariatric patients, as the small stomach pouch limits your stomach’s capacity for intake. However, it is important to stay focused and committed to reaching your fluid goals.

Here are some tips to help you keep up with your hydration goals


• DO carry a bottle of water with you everywhere and drink often throughout the day.

• DO remind yourself to drink, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Setting a reminder on your cell
  phone or email can be an easy way to remember to take a water break.

• DO drink slowly and take small sips.

• DO try infusing your water with your favorite fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges,
  peaches, watermellon, and berries.

• DO stick to water and avoid sugary drinks. Other beverages you can incorporate include
  unsweetened tea, or sugar free juices and drink mixes.


• DON'T drink carbonated beverages. The carbonation can stretch out your stomach, and
  cause bloating and discomfort, not to mention many carbonated beverages are packed
  with sugar and extra calories.

• DON'T wait until you feel thirsty to try to catch up on your fluid intake.

• DON'T drink with your meals. Wait 30 minutes before and after eating to drink. This will
  help prevent you from becoming too full to consume your meal.

Signs of dehydration:

• Fatigue
• Headache
• Feeling Thirsty
• Dry skin and mouth
• Dizziness and Lightheadedness
• Constipation
• Infrequent urination with a dark yellow color

A good sign that you are getting adequate hydration is if you are making clear/light colored urine 5-10 times a day. Dark yellow urine is usually a sign of dehydration.

Happy Hydrating!!

*If you are having difficulty getting enough fluids or if you think you may be dehydrated, please consult your surgeon or physician.

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