Water Loading after Gastric Bypass Surgery - My Bariatric Life

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Now that your weight loss surgery has been performed successfully, have some water. Good. Now have some more water. Great. Excellent. Now have some more water. Okay, hold on a minute. Let's start again before you float away or crash your bariatric program before it even gets off the ground.

Just after weight loss surgery, the immediate goal is to stay hydrated and   begin to grow accustomed to the idea and execution of drinking adequate amounts of fluids on a daily basis. Sipping and not gulping is the method for consumption just after weight loss surgery. Allow your bariatric surgeon and your support team of professionals to guide you. There are phases to recovery that should be adhered to which will prevent harm and promote success.

The goal amount of water per day is 64 ounces. It will take some time to get there, but you are not in a race.

The Benefits of Water

Without belaboring examples, water is beneficial to the weight loss patient as well as everyone else.

Water helps to lose weight. It flushes out impurities, fats and toxins. It helps the liver and kidneys perform well. It will help keep you full between meals and abate hunger.

This is no doubt an abbreviated proclamation for the benefits of drinking water. If you wish more information about the importance of water for the weight loss patient, refer to my post Drink More Water, Lose More Weight.

Water Loading

Water loading is a self-explanatory term; essentially, it is filling up on water to minimize hunger. More concisely, it is a rapid consumption of low-calorie or non-calorie liquids on an empty stomach with the goal of suppressing appetite for fifteen to twenty-five minutes.

In the first six months after weight loss surgery, weight loss patients drink fluids throughout the day to comply with fluid requirements. After six months, the appetite returns and the weight loss patient will again experience pockets where she will be hungry. The pouch will have stretched enough by that time that to allow the weight loss patient to drink six to eight ounces of fluids at one sitting.

Take careful note that this method for satiation is only for those weight loss patients who have a mature pouch. New patients should be sipping water throughout the day. Water loading is a suggestion only for those at a particular phase of recovery.

Gastric Bypass  and Water Loading

As cited in Renewed Reflections, Roux-en-y patients have a fixed opening. While water loading does fill out the intestine, it also enlarges the fixed opening which allows soft foods to pass through. This may cause the patient to eat more and lessen the sensation of feeling full.

Ice Water and the Weight Loss Patient

Weight loss patients may often feel chilled.

Losing great amounts of weight means loss of insulation and less production of energy. Fat is an effective insulator. When weight is lost, this buffer becomes compromised. In addition, cell processes are not laboring as much as when you were obese.

Body temperature adjusts after the patient's weight stabilizes, about eighteen to twenty-four months after surgery. Exercising also helps to reduce the chill.

So, at least for the time being, hold the ice.

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