The immediate goal after weight loss surgery is to stay hydrated. The goal amount of water per day is 64 ounces at minimum. It will take some time to get there, but that is okay. Eventually you will be consuming the recommended 64 ounces or more and can move along to the benefits of water loading. I drink 80 ounces of water plus a 20 ounce protein shake each day.
Benefits of Water
Water helps weight loss. It flushes out impurities, fats and toxins. It helps the liver and kidneys perform. And water helps to keep you full between meals. This is, of course, an abbreviated explanation. The point is that water is critical. Read, “Drinking Water for Weight Loss.”
Benefits of Water Loading
Water loading is a self-explanatory term. Water loading is filling up on water to minimize hunger. A rapid consumption of water on an empty stomach will suppress appetite for fifteen to twenty-five minutes.
In the first six months after weight loss surgery, patients sip fluids throughout the day to meet fluid requirements. After six months, the appetite returns and the patient will again have instances when she is hungry. The gastric bypass pouch (or sleeve) will have stretched enough by this time so that six to eight ounces of fluids can be had at one sitting.
Water loading is only for those gastric bypass patients who have a mature pouch. New patients should be sipping water throughout the day. Water loading is only for those at a particular phase of recovery.
Problems with Water Loading
Roux-en-y gastric bypass patients have a fixed opening. While water loading will fill out the intestine, it also enlarges the fixed opening and allows soft foods to pass through. This potentially can cause a person to eat more and lessen the sensation of feeling full.
Weight loss patients may prefer not to drink iced water if they 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 is compromised. In addition, cell processes are not laboring as much. Body temperature adjusts after the patient’s weight stabilizes, about eighteen to twenty-four months after surgery. Exercising helps to reduce the chill during this interim period.
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