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Drinking Soda and Carbonated Drinks after Bariatric Surgery

By Jacqueline Osuna, MD on June 14, 2018

Photo of fizzy cola in a glassWeight loss surgery is an excellent way to help individuals adopt a healthier lifestyle. However, like most procedures, there are certain long-term guidelines patients will need to follow to maintain successful results following bariatric surgery.

At the practice of Dr. Jacqueline Osuna in Guadalajara, MX and Tijuana, MX, our team discusses drinking soda and carbonated drinks after bariatric surgery. We explain how avoiding these beverages can help you achieve and maintain the results you desire.

Drinking Soda after Bariatric Surgery

Many of our patients inquire whether or not they can drink soda after bariatric surgery. While carbonated beverages will not result in an emergency situation, it is still not a great idea. In fact, those who have undergone any type of weight loss surgery will want to avoid sodas and carbonated beverages as much as possible.

What Can Happen if I Drink Carbonated Beverages after Bariatric Surgery?

The primary concern regarding drinking soda or carbonated beverages is that they cause a significant amount of bloating. This can lead to abdominal pain. Keep in mind, as well, that sodas are empty calories, and they really are not worth the discomfort that may ensue.  

Additionally, caffeinated beverages introduce a whole new set of problems. For example, caffeine has been linked to problems with hydration, nutrient absorption, and acid reflux.

What about Non-caffeinated Carbonated Beverages?

Some patients assume that if they drink caffeine-free carbonated beverages, it is healthier. However, anyone who has undergone bariatric surgery should avoid all carbonation, including beer, champagne, wine, and seltzer water.

While some individuals can drink carbonation with no complications, others develop acute discomfort. Therefore, it is best to avoid it altogether.

Bariatric Surgery as a Lifestyle Change

When it comes to weight loss surgery, patients can expect several lifestyle changes following the procedure. For example, portions should be smaller and food choices should be healthier. In the same way, sodas and carbonated beverages should be avoided to prevent discomfort and promote better lifestyle choices.

Rather than having the mindset of “live to eat”, those who have undergone bariatric surgery will need to learn how to “eat to live”. Therefore, sodas can (and should) be eliminated from your daily diet, as they have absolutely zero nutritional value.

While it can be difficult at first, fostering healthy habits now can prepare you for a lifetime of benefits later on. By eliminating processed food and carbonated beverages, you are giving yourself the best chance for long-term success.

Other Considerations for Bariatric Surgery

Of course, there are several changes that will need to take place after weight loss surgery. In addition to avoiding sodas, individuals should also eliminate seeds, popcorn, nuts, granola, nuts, fried foods, and tough meat.

Following your bariatric surgery, you will be provided with a detailed list of post-treatment instructions. Be sure to follow these recommendations precisely to enjoy a successful recovery.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are thinking about weight loss surgery, or if you have already undergone the procedure, consider what lifestyle changes will be necessary for your long-term success and overall health. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or give us a call at one of our office locations.

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