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Can Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?
Success after weight loss surgery is not determined by any one behavior or diet modification. There are many factors that affect how much weight you lose and how steadily you lose it. According to Dr. V. Kuzinkovas, drinking enough water after surgery can play a part in helping you lose weight and stay healthy after bariatric surgery.
Many people mistake thirst for hunger. They believe they are hungry so they snack in between meals, but they are really just thirsty. Drinking plenty of water helps you avoid mistaking thirst for hunger, and thus helps you avoid snacking in between meals and going over your daily caloric limit.
Hydrating with water helps your body rid itself of waste, so you do not get bloated. It helps you stay energized so you can follow your workout plan.
Finally, drinking enough water is important to avoid dehydration. Dehydration sends many people to the hospital.
Guidelines for Hydrating after Surgery
Water is best
Talk to your doctor about your daily water goal; he or she will probably recommend drinking at least 2 Liters per day. Water is better than soda, fruit juice, alcohol or sports drinks because it doesn’t have calories or sugar, which can interfere with your weight loss goals, and cause dumping syndrome and other problems after weight loss. Carbonated water is generally not recommended because the bubbles can cause gas and pressure in the stomach.
Time your drinking around mealtimes
Do not to drink water during or right after a meal. Doing so can cause the food to pass through your stomach very quickly, making you feel hungry sooner. It can also lead to dumping symptoms. Ideally, you want to wait about half an hour after finishing a meal before drinking.
Track your water intake
It’s a good idea to log your water intake throughout the day to help you stay aware of your progress. You might want to set timers throughout the day to remind you to drink. You can also use a special measured water bottle to keep track of your water intake.
Know the signs of dehydration
If you find that you are not urinating clear or light-colored liquid five to 10 times per day, or if you are experiencing thirst, regular headaches, dizziness upon sitting up or standing, or hard stools, you might be dehydrated. You should up your water intake and perhaps get checked out by your doctor to make sure there is no other underlying cause.