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WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ISSUE WITH CARBONATED DRINKS??? & other questions!



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22 hours ago, catchthewind said:

What is cit mag?

Sent from my SM-T820 using BariatricPal mobile app

Ugh sorry it was supposed to be mag cit - the laxative (magnesium citrate) but my phone does what it wants... 😳

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When you drink carbonated drinks then the gas in these inflates the stomach and takes up a lot of room in the stomach. If you get used to the feeling you get when you drink them, you may start to have more trouble recognizing the subtle fullness signals of smaller food portions. Meaning you start to eat bigger food portions to feel full. So, the carbonated drinks to not stretch the stomach itself but the excess gas in the stomach interferes with the identification of fullness meaning you will eat bigger portions, and this can lead to the impression that the stomach is “stretched” out.

Also, the gas in the drink can cause burping or bloating and in the beginning, when eating and drinking is more challenging, it can cause pain. And as most carbonated beverages are sweet e.g. lemonade, energy drinks, cola drinks, spritzers, diet cola etc, then we do see that if people drink carbonated drinks on a regular basis, they tend to have more cravings of sweet-tasting food.

From my doc 🖕

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I just drink plain carbonated Water and it seems to keep me away from wanting sweet or sweetened drinks. Ive detoxed from sweet flavors and it's really difficult to even want a normal pop when Im eating out.

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I have tried some carbonated drinks and to be honest it puts me in a lot of pain - it's just not worth it any more. I think the gas gets stuck. Not sure about the stretching theory, but the gas pain isn't worth it for me.

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I was told it can stretch and be uncomfortable. For me when I took a sip of my moms La Croix (flavored sparking water) actually hurts once hits the stomach. I miss the carbonation (NOT SODA, never been much a soda drinker).

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I go to a rowing studio and it’s an excellent, full body workout if you get the proper form down—though I think rowing as a class helps. I like that it’s low impact on the knees, also, at my advanced age. Highly recommend!

My hunch is some of the surgeon/nutritionist recommendations and restrictions are as much to do with changing habits as anything else, but I do think there may be things we don’t understand about carbonation. I’m staying clear of seltzer and diet drinks, but intend to suspend that no fizz rule for champagne drinks from time to time in maintenance. :)

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Love the rowing machine. I mix it up with the treadmill and elliptical to get some variety in my cardio. My program is ok with carbonated sugar free drinks as long as they don’t make you uncomfortable. I’m a year and a half post-op and haven’t tried it yet...

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Besides giving you a false feeling of being full & having no nutritional value, carbonated drinks can aggravate reflux as well & not just the belching & hiccuping side effects. I gave them up years ago & it was the best decision for my reflux & acidic stomach. The only carbonated drinks I have are soda & tonic Water (with my occasional gin) but I drink one over hours so the bubbles are way gone before I finish the glass.

I also have issues with the artificial sweeteners in the diet soft drinks. First their chemical make-up but most worrying to me is how they continue to feed your sugar cravings. It’s not easy to cut out the processed & artificial sweeteners from your diet but it worth the effort to consciously reduce it.

Sorry that’s my rant.

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So I waited the two months like my surgeon suggested and have added sugar free carbonated drinks, especially since I have had trouble drinking as much as they want me to do. What I do is pour the drink in a glass, stir it until most of the carbonation comes out, and then add a non-carbonated sugar free drink like diet lemonade. THIS is highly drinkable, and the second I feel like I need to burp, I let 'er rip!

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I have the occasional sip of my husbands Coke Zero, but don’t do it on a regular basis. No issues with the small amount I have.

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I’m almost 3 years out, I don’t drink pop, but an occasional flavored seltzer like White Claw. But I pour it into a glass instead of drinking from the can and it can cause discomfort with the sleeve since there’s not as much stretchability. But this far out it doesn’t bother me.

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On 2/4/2020 at 2:05 AM, Arabesque said:

I also have issues with the artificial sweeteners in the diet soft drinks. First their chemical make-up but most worrying to me is how they continue to feed your sugar cravings. It’s not easy to cut out the processed & artificial sweeteners from your diet but it worth the effort to consciously reduce it.

I agree with you here. The artificial sweeteners also caused me to have problems appreciating natural sweetness as well. The best side effect from dropping them from my diet was my face clearing up. I have no idea why this happened but it does. Every time I went cold turkey on diet drinks, my skin started getting better. Maybe a very slight allergic reaction, I dont know.

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I had a heart to heart with my surgeon during my last (2 month) checkup. About alcohol and soda. He said in reference to alcohol to "live your life" it won't hurt your stomach any more than someone who hasn't had surgery, but encouraged me to drink in moderation, which I do. He even went so far as to say a few glasses of wine or beer is fine. Which led me to ask about soda/beer, he said that it wouldn't stretch my stomach, but could give a false feeling of fullness and lead to me not getting in all my Protein and nutrients. But as long as I'm hitting my nutrition marks then I should be fine. I've had soda a few times with no issue and despite the username, I've only had 1 beer in a social setting, I don't really want go down that path yet until I get closer to my goals, I can justify a 0 calorie soda but not a 100+ calorie beer.

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