Staying Hydrated After Weight Loss 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
• DO drink slowly and take small sips.
• DO try infusing your water with your favorite fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges,
• DO stick to water and avoid sugary drinks. Other beverages you can incorporate include
• 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
Signs of dehydration:
*If you are having difficulty getting enough fluids or if you think you may be dehydrated, please consult your surgeon or physician.