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Caffeine After Bariatric Surgery: Patient Do's and Don'ts

Apr 13, 2017 @ 03:00 PM – by Frank Veninga

A glass of sodaIf you suffer from morbid obesity or chronic obesity, bariatric surgery may be the weight loss anser you've been waiting for. A gastric bypass or a sleeve gastrectomy can help you reduce your calorie consumption and improve your general health and wellness.

As we always stress here at our Dallas bariatric surgery center, a weight loss procedure helps people change their lifestyles for the better. Part of this means altering your diet. With that in mind, let's consider caffeine and whether or not you should have it after weight loss surgery.

Can I Have Caffeine After Bariatric Surgery?

Technically you can have caffeine, but it's a bad idea to do so.

Caffeine is something that people should abstain from and limit their intake of after undergoing bariatric surgery. There are a variety of health reasons related to this issue, and all of them have a basis in improving wellness and overall common sense.

Caffeine Can Lead to Dehydration

Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it causes your body to flush out water. In the process, this can leave you feeling thirsty, and can even lead to full-on dehydration if you aren't careful. People who have undergone weight loss surgery need to stay hydrated through the day, and caffeinated beverages are simply going to set them back in that regard.

Caffeine Can Irritate the Stomach

Caffeine can potentially irritate the stomach pouch if it's consumed in sufficient quantities. This is doubly so for caffeinated and carbonated drinks, like colas and sodas. To help keep irritation and discomfort under control, avoiding caffeine is a good idea. (The same goes for avoiding sodas and other carbonated beverages.)

Potential Issues with Absorbing Nutrients

Studies by the American Medical Association have suggested that caffeine consumption can have a negative impact on the absorption of vitamins and minerals for people who have undergone weight loss surgery. This is especially the case for people who underwent a gastric bypass, which can already present some challenges with regard to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Avoiding caffeine after weight loss surgery may be the best way to get the most out of every nutritious meal.

Foods Patients Shouldn't Eat Contain Caffeine

As it turns out, many of the foods patients shouldn't eat in general contain caffeine. We mentioned carbonated beverages earlier, for instance. In addition to fizzy drinks, caffeine can be found in many sweets, such as chocolates, candies, and so forth. If you can avoid caffeine as well as other foods that are bad for you, you can greatly improve your overall health and wellness after bariatric surgery.

The Bottom Line About Caffeine and Surgical Weight Loss

So what's our verdict on caffeine after bariatric surgery?

Essentially, you should avoid it as much as possible.

If you do need a little bit of caffeine to get moving or to keep going in the day, consider having some half-caf or decaf. Even decaf has just a touch of caffeine in it, which can prove helpful. Since you'll be consuming much less caffeine after bariatric surgery, you may find that decaf is all the pick-me-up you need.

Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

For more information about life after weight loss surgery and what you can do to improve your overall health and wellness, be sure to contact an experienced bariatric surgeon today. The team at our practice looks forward to discussing these issues with you in greater detail.

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