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Why no water for 30 min before and after meals?

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I keep seeing posts where it's said not to drink water 30 minutes before and then resume drinking the water 30 minutes after you eat. Why is that?

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From what I've heard from my surgeon, the stomach is so small, if there is food in your stomach/ or vice versa, the water will not pass though and the food just sits there. My surgical guidlines are for 15 minutes before and 20 minutes after so I guess all doctors are different.

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Serena my rule is 5/30. Was told that water can actually push food through and then you'd lose the full feeling faster.

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Fluid washes food through your stomach so it does not send the signal to your brain soon enough telling you that you are satisfied. It's like running water in a bathtub while the stopper is out---it runs out as fast as it runs in and never fills up. I was told that this holds true for people who have not had surgery as well, so I began following this rule as soon as I decided I was going to have the surgery.

Leah

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Thank you..I thought it was because the water would give you the sensation of being full and therefore you wouldn't eat enough - so you wouldn't get enough nutrients. Glad I read it. Either way, I wouldn't have done it, But I would prefer to know the correct reason, LOL

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Thank you..I thought it was because the water would give you the sensation of being full and therefore you wouldn't eat enough - so you wouldn't get enough nutrients. Glad I read it. Either way, I wouldn't have done it, But I would prefer to know the correct reason, LOL

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If you want the answer to any thing buy the book weight loss for dummies this is a wls book. this book is great. it has everything you need to know.

I am looking forward to getting that book really soon! Thanks for mentioning it!

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I am looking forward to getting that book really soon! Thanks for mentioning it!

Need to get that bad boy too, and keep it on me at all times. Like my cell phone, LOL. I think I will go get it on Amazon right now!

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There is also a Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook for Dummies - which I can get for my Kindle (but wont because its a cookbook) - but the Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies is not on the Kindle - which would make more sense! Bleh!!!

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It's always good to understand the reasoning behind things. And for people who think they could never do it, you learn how to. My surgeon's office dietician said that you can cheat a little by having an ice chip if you really need to with meals. Again, that was her off the record suggestion. I always felt having fruit with my meal took care of that dry feeling in my mouth. At this point, I can honestly say I do "drink" with my meals but it is usually really small sips of water here and there. I'm not advocating this but I'm being honest with what I do. There's really no way for me to gulp down any huge amount of liquid with meals and feel comfortable. I think you learn over time how to adapt to things and really, they aren't so bad :)

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A visual of the reason we don't drink water with our meals is linked below and it helped me understand it really well:

[url=http://formerfatdudes.com/2009/11/friends-dont-let-friends-drink-and-eat/]Former Fat Dudes!

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I told my surgeon about that video after following your link, Serena. I suspect he may tell the people who run the support group to do it. He says drinking with meals is one of the main causes of recidivism (what the surgeons call it when patients fall back into old weight gaining patterns, apparently - he seemed surprised when I started laughing).

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I drink right up to my meals (I waterload too but that's for another day and certainly not for a newbie). But I've always stuck with the rule of no drinking for 30 minutes after eating.

In honesty, when I read of docs not allowing drinking for an hour before and an hour after (or whatever), you can pretty much kiss goodbye to drinking for 3-4 x 2 1/2 periods throughout the day. And if you're still just doing the sip thing, that makes it virtually impossible to get the recommended 64oz in during the day.

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I couldn't imagine waiting a whole hour before and after as being possible for all 64 oz. either. Right now I am doing the 30/30 so that it may be a little easier to do post-op since I will be in the habit of it. As mentioned, 30/30 doesn't sound impossible, but I am pre-op lol

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