If you are dehydrated, chances are you are feeling drained and fatigued. Your body is made up of 60 percent water, which is necessary for survival. Not to mention, it helps regulate body temperature in addition to keeping your joints lubricated and your energy level up.
In the weeks after bariatric surgery, there is nothing more important than drinking enough water. Your diet for the first two weeks will be nothing but water or sugar-free drinks along with supplements to give your body vitamins, proteins, and other nutrients.
You should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water every day and up to 92 ounces. The reason for this is because you won’t be able to get additional water from food for at least two weeks. When drinking water, it’s very important not to gulp it down.
Remember, the weight-loss procedure has made your stomach smaller, which means you won’t be able to drink a lot of water all at once. Sipping water throughout the day will allow you to stay hydrated, feeling full, and ready your body for the upcoming life changes.
High Water Content Foods
When foods are introduced in the months after surgery, you’ll be able to start getting more water from what you eat. It’s still important to stay hydrated now – and the rest of your life. By eating these foods, however, you’ll get a little more help reaching your goals.
- Watermelon – True to its name, this wonderful fruit is high in water – its makeup is 91 percent water. Not only is it refreshing, but it is also sweet and delicious, making it a great midday or after workout snack.
- Cucumber – This vegetable is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory compounds and boasts 95 percent water. Top them on a fresh green salad or just slice them and eat them plain as a mid-afternoon snack alternative.
- Strawberries – These red beauties are also over 90 percent water. They are also a good source of antioxidants which can help bolster cognitive function.
- Celery – With 95 percent water, this crunchy vegetable is very versatile for snacking or cooking. It is low in calories and high in potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Eat it with peanut butter for a protein-rich snack or add it to your favorite soup or chicken salad.
- Cauliflower – With 92 percent water by weight, this veggie has high levels of vitamin K and vitamin C. It can be roasted, eaten raw, steamed or crafted into a crust as a gluten-free alternative to regular crusts.
- Zucchini – This vegetable contains beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin and has up to 95 percent water. It’s delicious roasted in the oven with a bit of salt and pepper and is also a great addition to vegetable soup.
- Iceberg Lettuce – Coming in at 96 percent water, iceberg lettuce is great on a sandwich and an even better way to wet your whistle.
- Bell Peppers – Adding a little zest to the list, bell peppers are made up of 94 percent water while also providing a little flavor.
If you are looking for other ways to keep hydrated in addition to drinking water and snacking on water-rich fruits and vegetables, you can also consider drinking tea or coconut water. These beverages are hydrating and a good alternative to other drinks that can be too rich in sugar.
Do you have questions about eating well and staying hydrated? Our experienced team of doctors and staff at WeightWise are ready to help you on your weight loss journey. Watch our free online seminar to see how our program works or contact us today!