Surprise! This is something we should all be doing everyday with or without the Lap Band! But, drinking water should become a habit especially after being banded. Water is the most abundant substance in your body, and subsequently one of the most important. You could survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. This is in part because of the role water plays in allowing chemical reactions, including those that provide you with energy, to take place within your cells. Water is also part of your blood and the fluid that bathes your cells. It plays a key part in carrying nutrients to and removing wastes from your cells. This is especially important when weight loss is occurring.
The removal of fat from the body will have a dehydrating effect. Dehydration will affect your band’s restriction, causing it to feel too tight. Keeping yourself hydrated will allow the band to function properly, making it easier for you to comfortably eat. It is recommended that you drink 64-100 ounces daily. Your water needs may increase during hot weather and extended exercise.