Many patients wonder why we require that soda is eliminated prior to surgery. The reasoning behind this is two fold. First, most of our soda intake is unnecessary. If we are drinking regular soda, we are taking in calories throughout the day that our body doesn’t need. These calories are solely from sugar and are typically stored as fat. Most of us have heard the saying “Don’t drink your calories”. Even the diet sodas trigger areas in the brain that may make us more likely to consume high sugar foods and drinks during the day.
The other issue with soda is the carbonation. The air bubbles typically do not sit well in the stomach following surgery and can create gas and discomfort. We want you all to be as pain-free as possible and this is one-way try to make that happen!
Our overall ruling is that sodas and any carbonated beverages need to be avoided for the first two months following surgery. But, what about after two months? My suggestion is to kick the soda habit for life. However, the occasional soda is not going to harm you or have a drastic affect on your progress. We just don’t want to make it a habit.
Know how sodas affect your body and that they are not necessary in the body. Remember, this entire process is about lifestyle change!
Katherine Horner, MS, RD, LD, NASM-CPT, CES
Surgical Weight Loss Dietitian & Exercise Specialist
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