After bariatric surgery the calcium requirements, as well as other nutrient needs, are increased. Phosphoric acid which is a common ingredient in sodas and other drinks, increases calcium excretion…from your bones! It is considered a “kidnapper” of calcium, thus leading to a higher osteoporosis risk.

If you drink phosphoric acid and take a supplement with iron, you are further affecting the absorption of iron too, increasing the risk of having anemia.

In addition, it has been suggested that calcium can enhance weight loss and help prevent weight regain.

By now, you shouldn’t need more reasons, I just want to get my message across, so bear with me…sodas have ingredients that are not natural to your body, this means these elements need to be eliminated somehow; if your body doesn’t have enough antioxidants, it will defend itself from harmful toxins by building additional fat tissue to store them. So, are you really into weight loss?

An “innocent” non-caloric drink could lead you to anemia, osteoporosis and a weight loss plateau.  I´d said it is best to avoid it.




Dana Swilley, RD. (2008). Micronutrient and Macronutrient Needs in Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Patients. Available: Last accessed 31 Jul 2014.

Allied Health Sciences Section Ad Hoc Nutrition Committee, Linda Aills, Jeanne Blankenship, Cynthia Buffington, et al.. (2008). ASMBS Allied Health Nutritional Guidelines for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases . 4 (S79-S80), p7-8.

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As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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