How long after you eat do you wait to drink?

on 12/5/17 9:28 am
RNY on 02/28/17

I have always heard that one should wait 30 minutes after eating to have anything to drink. Post surgery I am always careful to take note of the time when I am done eating and not have any beverages for that time. I do notice, though, that when I do drink that my stomach rumbles and I sometimes feel a bit bloated. Should I be waiting longer before I drink? How long do you wait?


on 12/5/17 9:39 am - Philadelphia, PA
RNY on 04/28/15

Technically, 30 minutes. But since I'm forgetful, I often forget to even note the time for at least 15 minutes post eating. I'd easily say I average 45 minutes between last bite and first drink. If its a heavy meal, I will often wait longer.

5'6.5" High weight:337 Goal Weight:195 Current Weight: 197

on 12/5/17 11:05 am
RNY on 02/28/17

The problem is that with maintenance my meals are larger than they had been, so I think I'm going to have to start waiting longer.

Amy Liz
on 12/5/17 10:01 am - CA
RNY on 11/21/16

I wait at least 30, but usually more because I forget. And, like Peach said if its a heavy meal or I am particularly full I will wait longer.


SW 309 CW 156 GW 145

M1-25 M2-20 M3-13 M4-11 M5-12 M6-13 M7-11 M8-11 M9-13 M10-4 M11-8 M12-3 M13-5 M14-3

on 12/5/17 10:27 am - Central Coast, CA
RNY on 06/26/17

I am a sort of newbie (5 months post op) but I was told to wait an hr before drinking. I even had to clarify this with nutritionist if it's one hr after the first bite or the last bite...the latter. So I put a timer and wait patiently.

on 12/5/17 11:58 am

When I started out I wasn't sure what exactly to do when it came to eating and drinking.

I always try to wait a hour after eating. I always try to drink something before eating so I am know I am actually hungry and not thirsty.




on 12/5/17 12:17 pm - CA
RNY on 10/07/13

I usually do an hour, sometimes more if I'm still feeling super full.


Carol D.
on 12/5/17 1:15 pm

I have always waited an hour. For me now pretty much habit

HW:275, Consult Weigh 259 on 8/16

RNY Feb. 16,2017 at 246

M1:25, M2:13, M3:12, M4:9, M5:11, M6:10, M7:10

M8:10, M9:5, M10:3, M11:1, M12:6

Current Weigh 131

on 12/5/17 1:16 pm

30 minutes

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 12/5/17 1:20 pm - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

Per my surgeons office, 30 minutes.

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017 - Brow and eyelid PS 12/11/2017.

WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL since 10/12/2016 - in current range since 12/10/2016. Average maintenance calories 1350