Caffeine—is it the weight loss surgery (WLS) patient’s friend or foe? Scientists and researchers may have evidence that supports both views but, to the WLS patient, caffeine is a Pandora’s Box full of ills that are better left undisturbed. While it may be possible to forgo the use of caffeine temporarily as a fresh post-op, the addictive properties of caffeine (the “buzz”, the taste, the warmth, the habits, and the easy availability) may lure the WLS patient to reopen their ‘Pandora’s Box of Caffeine’. Join us for this support group where we will discuss the ills of caffeine, caffeine’s particular effects after WLS, and, once the ills have already been released and are wreaking their havoc, how to reseal Pandora’s Box of Caffeine!
After this support group, participants will be able to:
1. Define the substance known as caffeine.
2. Describe caffeine’s effects on the body.
3. Identify dietary sources of caffeine.
4. Discuss the 5 main reasons that caffeine is to be avoided after WLS.
5. Identify strategies to implement in the reduction/elimination of caffeine use.