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The No Eating and Drinking Together Rule after Bariatric Surgery

After undergoing bariatric surgery, patients are introduced to a set of important dietary rules designed to promote healing and facilitate weight loss. One such guideline is the no eating and drinking together rule. Understanding and adhering to this rule is critical for post-operative success and overall well-being.

Why is this rule important?

After bariatric surgery, the stomach's capacity to hold food and liquids drastically decreases. Consuming food and beverages simultaneously can lead to a few potential issues:


To avoid these complications, it is recommended that patients wait at least 30 minutes after eating before sipping any fluids. This practice ensures that food has adequate time to begin digestion and move out of the stomach, preventing the aforementioned issues.

How to implement the rule effectively:

  1. Set Timers: After you finish eating, set a timer for 30 minutes to remind you when it's safe to start drinking liquids again.


  1. Plan Your Meals and Drinks: Coordinate your meal and drink times to avoid the temptation of consuming them together.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Focus on hydrating between meals. Aim to meet your fluid requirements primarily outside of meal times to maintain hydration.
  3. Mindful Eating: Eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and pay attention to your body's signals of fullness to avoid overeating.
  4. Educate Yourself and Others: Understanding the reasons behind the rule can help you and those around you adhere to it, support one another, and work towards successful post-surgery outcomes.

Always follow your healthcare provider’s specific guidelines and recommendations, as individual requirements may vary based on your unique circumstances. Adapting to new eating habits post-surgery can be challenging, but with time, these practices will become part of your routine, aiding in your recovery and weight loss goals. For more health related articles visit

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