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Hi everyone! I'm 5 days post op. Since my stomach can only hold 4 oz at a time, does that mean I can only measure out 1/2 cup of liquids for each meal? How often can I drink 1/2 cup of liquids and not overfill my stomach? for instance, I have the Premier Protein clear that is 16 oz or 2 cups. How long should it take me to drink that? Do I just sip on one constantly until it's gone or do I measure it out 1/2 cup at a time? How long should it take me to drink the 1/2 cup? This is hard! I hope I'm making sense.

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liquids tend to flow right through, so those restrictions don't really apply (is your sleeve really 4 oz - that's a big sleeve for a VSG?) Some will have significant inflammation in their stomach for a while, so things don't flow too well, but others have little and liquids are pretty easy. I had no problem sipping away a bowl of broth (6-8 oz?) and a juice box in a sitting (half hour, maybe?) in the hospital; when my wife went through this, she could barely down her nominal stomach size of Protein Drink in one sitting.

Our basic goal was to sip an ounce every 5 minutes - some could do better than that, others not so much. For the Protein Shakes, I usually considered 8 oz to be a "meal" and used as many, at 25-30g Protein each, as I needed to get my protein numbers for the day (typically only one or two, but we had other protein options to play with then, too, as we weren't limited to just liquids) The rest of the time between meals was spent sipping Water until those numbers were hit.

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1 hour ago, RickM said:

liquids tend to flow right through, so those restrictions don't really apply (is your sleeve really 4 oz - that's a big sleeve for a VSG?) Some will have significant inflammation in their stomach for a while, so things don't flow too well, but others have little and liquids are pretty easy. I had no problem sipping away a bowl of broth (6-8 oz?) and a juice box in a sitting (half hour, maybe?) in the hospital; when my wife went through this, she could barely down her nominal stomach size of Protein Drink in one sitting.

Our basic goal was to sip an ounce every 5 minutes - some could do better than that, others not so much. For the Protein Shakes, I usually considered 8 oz to be a "meal" and used as many, at 25-30g Protein each, as I needed to get my Protein numbers for the day (typically only one or two, but we had other protein options to play with then, too, as we weren't limited to just liquids) The rest of the time between meals was spent sipping Water until those numbers were hit.

Thank you. Your response helps me a lot! I'm still trying to figure this all out.

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Liquids are different from foods, so you don't have to worry so much about size. Sip, sip, sip all day long. It takes me about 45 minutes to drink my 14 oz Protein Shake in the mornings

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I have one day to go before surgery and I was wondering this too!!! lol Thank for asking!!

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