A few months ago someone I know had bariatric surgery which removed three quarters of her stomach. Now she can only drink 200 ml of water at a time, eat half an apple, and subsists mostly on purées. She has lost a lot of weight though, and her blood sugar and pressure are both in the normal range again. Also she is not troubled by back problems any more. But her surgery came with an immediately noticeable cost (besides those food-related): she has lost much of her vitality, and her personality seems changed as a result.
I often think of her situation. She was not morbidly obese, so maybe there would have been other ways for her to lose weight. But she was greedy when it came to food, and she tried several diets, including the Atkins diet, which only had her gain more weight in the end. When she had the surgery, she was weighing in at 100 kg / 220 pounds.
I'm not in her position weight-wise but I still weigh too much for my liking, and, like her, I have high blood sugar and high blood pressure, and, in the absence of exercise and presence of long, hard work, a big appetite on some of the days. The trouble is that I go through long periods of time when I am stuck at the computer all day long, with little time for exercise, which translates into a gain of a few extra pounds over a few months, especially as I don’t have much time to cook or shop for food either, and often turn to easy solutions like pasta and pizza. So what to do then? Here are some suggestions for people who are glued to the computer, some simple ways you can ward off hunger and last longer with smaller, healthier meals. Also included are some meal suggestions.