Posted - February 4, 2013

H20, Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

H20, Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

H20, Weight Loss and Bariatric SurgeryAfter bariatric surgery in Frisco, Denton or Dallas, healthy habits like drinking enough water are crucial.

When it comes to losing weight, some healthy habits get all of the attention. Diet and exercise make up for about 90 percent of the conversation about weight loss. When you visit your bariatric surgeon in Plano or the Dallas area, you likely spend most of your time discussing exercise habits and diet strategies, but what about the other aspects of a healthy lifestyle that influence your ability to lose weight?

Chances are you’ve long been familiar with the notion of drinking eight glasses of water every day for optimal health, but most people aren’t actually able to keep up with that number. Following bariatric surgery, staying hydrated is crucial to optimal health. This is especially true in the days leading up to and directly following your bariatric surgery procedure, as being properly hydrated will help you heal faster than you would otherwise be able to.

Drinking Water after Bariatric Surgery

Like all other aspects of your diet, the specific recommendations for hydration alter following bariatric surgery. Before you begin following any sort of dietary regimen it is imperative that you speak with your bariatric surgeon to find out what is best for your personal needs.

There are a few reasons that drinking water is so beneficial for weight loss:

  • Our bodies thrive off of water and need to stay hydrated to produce energy. When you are properly hydrated you’ll be better able to exercise and resist hunger, even before bariatric surgery.
  • Water improves your overall health, and when your health is in an optimal state you are better able to concentrate on being healthy and meeting your weight loss goals.
  • Drinking water can increase the speed of your metabolism, which naturally enhances your weight loss efforts.

You can boost your water intake by purchasing a reusable water bottle and carrying it with you at all times. By constantly refilling it throughout the day you are more likely to stay hydrated and avoid turning to fattening, sugary beverages like juices, sodas or shakes.

Have you found that increasing your water intake has helped improve your health after bariatric surgery? Share your thoughts and experiences in a comment below!

ATTENTION patients of Dr. Al-Kalla

Dr. Al-Kalla will be leaving Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas at the end of July. If you would like continue as his patient, please let us know and we can assist in getting your medical records transferred.

You may also choose to stay with Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas and we’ll gladly transfer your care to another provider on staff.

Thank you.