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I know we aren't supposed to drink sugary or caffeinated drinks after surgery but has anyone tried drinking something like a Bang? No sugar or anything but it does have a lot of caffeine… I'm used to drinking them everyday and I was wondering everyone's experience after surgery? If so how soon after? Or is it a complete NO forever :(

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Depends.

We were allowed to introduce caffeine back after 4 weeks so I personally don't see a problem with caffeine when it comes to the digestion system (though you might not want to drink as much coffee as I do, lol).

Energy drinks - I drink them rarely. Most of them are not suiting my taste preferences and the ones that do are not that easy to get in my area for whatever reason (I like the sugar free Monster ultra sunrise but most stores don't carry the sugar free version).

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It doesn’t have sugar but it does have artificial sweeteners which continue to feed your sugar cravings. Plus the 300mg of caffeine per can is equivalent to about three 8oz cups of coffee.

Another consideration is the carbonation. The gas is rather filling for your much smaller tummy. If, on the odd occasion I have a carbonated drink (soda or tonic water), I don't let them get pretty flat, I get a very uncomfortable tightness - like I want to burp but can’t.

Many wls patients have no issues with caffeine or carbonated drinks but others do. But ultimately the decision is yours. You could see if you can tolerate drinking them again but I would give yourself time to heal after surgery before you do.

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Is it best to avoid carbonated drinks because it stretches your stomach?

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13 hours ago, summerset said:

Carbonated drinks don't stretch your stomach. It's a myth.

Dr. Weiner made a interesting video about this.

I want to believe this. As I love my fizzy drinks.

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While I obviously don’t speak for everyone, I have had zero issues with carbonated drinks. My restriction is still the same four months out and I drink a LOT of carbonated drinks daily. I won’t say what I drink because that’ll start another discussion entirely but I will say they don’t make me crave sweets or anything like others mention, and they keep me feeling full. Ok it’s diet Mountain Dew. It’s always been my favorite drink and I’ll die on a hill extolling their virtues. ;)

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5 minutes ago, Slightly Less Fatty Matty said:

Ok it’s diet Mountain Dew.

OMG, I tried that once and it's nothing for European taste buds. 😂

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I drink Bang Keto coffee Cookies and Cream and they are not carbonated. They are delicious. Can someone please tell me why some surgeons say no caffeine? Is it forever or just while healing? I was sleeved Sept 2, 2020. I have been drinking Bang for about a month. Do some surgeons think caffeine effects your weight loss?

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19 minutes ago, sizemedown said:

Do some surgeons think caffeine effects your weight loss?

Depends on the surgeon if you're allowed caffeine or not. It's not about weight loss. It's about being a potential irritant to the stomach lining.

We were allowed all foods including black tea and regular coffee after four weeks. Before the four weeks were over the dietician advised even against Decaf coffee .

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Now that I've been cleared to have caffeine I have been drinking an energy drink called Raze. It has no sugar or calories and it also has electrolytes in it. They are mildly carbonated and my sleeve seems to tolerate them just fine.

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