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. [Edit: Things got better for her in time. She now says she feels ten years younger. Yet I wonder how she gets enough nutrients -- and enough water during hot summer days.]
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 had tried several diets, including the Atkins diet, which only had her gain more weight in the end. When she had the surgery, she weighed 100 kg / 220 pounds.
I'm not in her position as regards my weight but I still weigh too much for my liking. The trouble is that I often have periods when I spend long days at the computer, 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, and often turn to easy solutions like pasta and pizza. So what to do then? There are, in fact, some easy ways you can ward off hunger and last longer with healthier meals. Here they are. Also included are some meal suggestions.