Understanding the Liquid Restrictions of Weight Loss Surgery
Liquid restrictions are imposed on patients of all bariatric procedures including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding (lap-band) and gastric sleeve. For thirty minutes prior to eating and thirty minutes following eating patients are to abstain from drinking fluids. They must not partake of liquids while eating. Learn why liquid restrictions play a key role in weight loss for bariatric patients.
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By Kaye Bailey

Eating a meal of lean protein without the benefit of liquid to wash it down is a way of life for weight loss surgery patients: they are following what is commonly called "liquid restrictions." Patients who undergo bariatric surgery in the treatment of their morbid obesity sign-on for a lifetime of compliance to an odd set of dietary rules and guidelines, that if followed, will help them lose weight and keep it off for the rest of their life.

Liquid restrictions are imposed on patients of all bariatric procedures including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding (lap-band) and gastric sleeve. For thirty minutes prior to eating and thirty minutes following eating patients are to abstain from drinking fluids. They must not partake of liquids while eating. This is to ensure the stomach pouch only holds a small portion of lean protein and a feeling of fullness and satiation is sustained following meals. If liquid is consumed before meals the surgically altered gastric pouch tends to loosen and patients can consume a greater volume of food at mealtime. Following a meal, consumption of liquids will wash food through the stomach into the intestine before the gastric enzymes have adequately processed the nutrients in the food. Satiation is lost and hunger is likely to return. When partaking of liquids with meals the food becomes slurry and is quickly washed through the stomach pouch allowing the patient to consume increased quantities of food volume.

It is difficult for weight loss surgery patients to follow liquid restrictions because doing so causes tightness to occur in the stomach pouch, which for some is quite uncomfortable. Paradoxically, this discomfort is the mechanism by which gastric surgeries work: it is the signal to stop eating. Many patients may turn to eating soft processed simple carbohydrates while consuming liquids in an effort to avoid this discomfort. This is called slider food or slurry food eating and often it results in weight gain for the patient.

From early on patients of weight loss surgery must understand why the liquid restrictions are necessary for the long-term success of their weight loss and weight maintenance. Bariatric surgery is intended to cause a restricted feeling in the stomach when an appropriate volume of the correct food has been consumed. This restriction will linger and as the patient becomes familiar with the feeling it will become comfortable and an intellectual, as well as physical, understanding of satiation will follow.

Patients of weight loss surgery are instructed to follow a high protein diet of lean animal meat, dairy, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, and vegetable protein. They should include healthy fats and low glycemic vegetables and fruit in their diet, but always be focused on eating protein first for the better part of their food volume. Snacking on processed carbohydrates is to be avoided. This diet should be followed for weight loss and weight maintenance throughout the life of the weight loss surgery patient.

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Day 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch TestDay 6: Beyond the 5 Day Pouch Test
by Kaye Bailey
Kaye Bailey's follow-up to her powerful 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual, which has helped countelss thousands get back on track with their weight loss surgery. In Ms. Bailey's generous spirit of compassion and belief in others she shares her secrets for working with the surgical weight loss tool, not against it, to achieve optimum success and long-term weight maintenance. No gimmicks. No quick fixes. Just simple common sense delivered in the powerful "you can do this" style we have come to expect from Ms. Bailey.

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