Caffeine after Weight Loss Surgery


Is it okay to drink coffee after weight loss surgery? This is a question that comes up time and time again. There are so many lifestyle changes encouraged after weight loss surgery, from the types of foods that you eat to the amount of exercise that you get regularly, that it is sometimes hard to keep up with the rules of what is and isn’t okay following bariatric surgery. What’s more, there are plenty of people who consider caffeine an essential aspect of life. The thought of giving up that cup of coffee every morning is enough to make them re-think whatever health goals they’ve set for themselves.

Nothing should stand in the way of your desire to improve your health—not even that beloved cup of coffee.

As to whether or not your favorite cup of joe is okay on a regular basis after weight loss surgery, the answer is that it kind of depends on what that cup of coffee has in it. Coffee in and of itself is actually quite a beneficial drink that, when consumed in moderation, has no small degree of health benefits. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants, which means that it has plenty of disease-fighting and anti-aging compounds. While it also has caffeine, which is, of course, a known stimulant, coffee is overall a healthy beverage. The biggest problem with coffee consumption isn’t generally surrounded upon the coffee itself, but in the add-ins. Loading your coffee with cream and sugar, or flavors and whipped cream may not detract from the caffeine intake, but it does detract from the health benefits of the beverage. Every bit of heavy cream or half and half that you add into your coffee adds calories. The flavors and toppings all add calories. By making your coffee into a specialty beverage, you may be consuming up to a third of your daily calorie allotment without actually enjoying anything to eat!

You can still enjoy coffee after weight loss surgery, but you need to be smarter about how you indulge in this beverage. Here are a few tips to help you make better choices with your caffeine habits:

  • Try switching to a non-fat creamer
  • Adjust to using skim milk, or even something like almond milk to reduce calories
  • Reduce the amount of sugar you put in your coffee
  • Try drinking it black

If you typically do enjoy the specialty beverages, then the first step to improving your coffee drinking habits is to change your order to a regular cup of coffee. Having the majority of your beverage be comprised of the water-based coffee is a much smarter choice for your calorie-consumption. For more guidance on what is right to eat or drink after weight loss surgery consult your bariatric medicine support team.