After bariatric surgery, you should avoid soda no matter what. In my opinion, this was probably one of the hardest things to give up. When you spend most of your life being morbidly obese, you become addicted to foods and beverages. Soda was by far one of my strongest addictions. I could literally drink an entire 2-liter bottle of Dr Pepper every day. I did really good at getting it out of my life for the first year after surgery, but through time I found myself putting it back into my diet. It was a horrible decision and I really struggled with regain because I put it back into my life.
There is no place for soda after weight loss surgery. Some people try to use the excuse that diet soda is alright, but the truth is it is just as bad as regular soda. If you are like me, you might struggle to get your water in every single day. I get exhausted chugging water throughout the day and sometimes I just need a little taste. One thing you need to make sure you are doing is waiting the 30 minutes before and after a meal to drink anything. This was a hard transition for me, but I promise you that it will help your overall success after surgery if you can stay disciplined with it.
The good news is, the more popular bariatric surgery is getting, the more popular bariatric products are getting. Over the last few years, I found a product that truly saved my life. Bariatric Food Source has Fruit Drinks that are full of 15 grams of protein and have 0 grams of sugar! They literally taste like Crystal Light, but give you protein benefits to help you meet your goals. These drinks have by far been my favorite substitution for soda. They have so many wonderful flavors, such as Lemonade, Peach Mango, Wild Berry, Lemon Razzy, Pineapple Orange, Strawberry Kiwi, Cran Grape, and Grapefruit. My favorite is the Pineapple Orange. They are so smooth and it is such an amazing feeling getting 15 grams of protein from such a yummy drink. I especially love these drinks during the Summer months because they help keep me on track.
Soda is so bad for you and will not help you reach your goals after weight loss surgery. I highly encourage you to try different flavors of high protein, low sugar drinks to keep you on track. You must make sure you are staying hydrated after bariatric surgery and drinks like these will help you get your goals for the day. You do not have to just drink water. Yes, it is the most important thing to drink after surgery, but you CAN get creative with your drinks as well. Remember, this is a lifelong journey and it is all about finding healthier ways to enjoy life. You can still have something tasty to drink without feeling guilty. However, whatever you do, say NO to soda!