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  1. This is so incredibly helpful, thank you!!! I have many times read about the rates of success of dieting vs surgery, am just trying to understand why:). Do people who keep the weight off continue to forever eat the required portions? In my case here it’s 150ml. I forget what that is in ounces. Do you still measure everything? How hard is that to maintain for life? The head work: I was not a binge eater naturally but became one after years of dieting. Am not sure how to address that pre op but am doing my best to eat healthy now and exercise, which is a start. I feel great for the first time in eons but I know there is a long road ahead. Thanks again for your patience.
  2. Greetings everyone! I am considering a gastric plication as I live in the Czech Republic and the surgeon here is quite an expert. But I am writing about your experience because there is something I find a bit confusing and I know you all have opinions on this topic! After doing extensive research and speaking with the obesity center psychologist and nutritionist over and over, the point seems to be that after the honeymoon period your hunger comes back and if you don't eat EXACTLY THE TINY AMOUNTS you are told to, then your stomach expands and you are back to where you started. So I find this puzzling. It seems that people do regain their appetite, albeit they are much thinner when that happens than when they started out. But in such a case, if I could possibly lose the weight I need to through diet and fitness, which is a maybe:), then what is the difference between say me being hungry after losing 80 pounds naturally and me being hungry after losing 80 pounds after a bariatric operation? What I mean is, it seems of course that it would be easier to maintain a weight once your stomach has been surgically reduced. And yet time and again, people seem to get their hunger back. Further, the nutritionist and psychologist say that if people eat above the tightly prescribed teeny tiny amount at each meal, well it's all over! That is weight gain begins and the stomach expands (or it just gets back to normal). So I don't really see how that is different from the more intense self control, so to speak, you need after losing weight without an operation. Except that in that case, you have more freedom possibly not to eat teeny tiny portions. On the other hand, you might need to do an absurd amount of excercise and eat very little because of the metabollic rate issue. So am just trying to understand the difference in the long term because I do not want to get an operation that will be short lasting and face the same hurdles as I have in the past. I am 5.7, 225, (down from 236 after a few weeks of intense fitness and dieting). I have dieted since my 20s and lost weight and regained too many times to count. Skinny before that period. Lowest weight in my 20s was maybe 135 and 145 in my 40s. Am 53. I am very pro surgery so please don't think I am doubting its wonderful impact. Am just trying to mentally prepare. Thank you!!!!!!!
  3. I am a terrible cook! I will have to study this.Sometimes things are made more difficult by being in a foreign country. Thank you so much,it sounds yummy! I have 6 year old twins -- yes I had kids at 47(!) -- so am figuring out if I can eventually cook for all of us and just eat slightly differently than them without cooking twice. I work nonstop (part of the eating problem, obv) and my husband only cooks Czech recipes from 1975! Even now when I make something relatively healthy he makes barfing faces, which is really helpful. As you can see I have more than an food issue to solve! Thank you for your inspiring recipes and out look! What a great bunch you all are!
  4. This sounds great even though I do not know what confit means:). There is something about chicken skin that is wonderfu.
  5. Kio, this was just amazing!!!!! You nailed it all. The nutritionist is a bit of a robot but I guess I will just have to wait and figure some things out. She also told me I could never again have chicken with skin and that sounded off to me. I do want to be strict about portion size but I think the point of this is to eat less, not too eliminate all foods that taste good:). Thanks for your support. And glad you are doing so well, even without smelling superpowers!:)
  6. Also Burgundy Boy, the way you wrote was extremely useful. I am still quite confused about the info the nutritionist gave me versus what seems to be the reality. The Czech center here is excellent but their communication style can be sometimes frustrating, so this group is quite the lifeline. I am not Czech but I am a longterm expat here. In the meantime, Burgundy Boy thanks for the Lancet study. I am a journalist and really enjoy reading articles and studies from credible sources. So much of this right now feels like a krap shoot...that is, what percentage group will I be in? The one with complications or none? The one who can keep it off or not? Am sure some of you felt the same trepidation. I love cheese but was told I could only have the low fat kind, am not sure if that was about weight loss or health. When she found out my favorite cheese was blue cheese, she basically told me I could never eat it again, which was weird. The plication by the way has about the same effect as the sleeve, but there is no sleeve and a very low rate of reflux. It is similar in that you can basically eat anything eventually. Thanks again everyone for your support.
  7. These are wonderfully helpful and insightful answers!!! Thank you!!!
  8. Thanks for sharing that. I am at the point where I believe I need the operation but am still trying to make sense of all that I will be giving up. I feel angry that other people can have a healthy relationship with food and do not have to reduce their lives to this -- tiny portions and giving up so many things forever plus thinking nonstop about food choices.
  9. Thanks for asking. There are no group meetings but there is psycholigical support and monitoring.
  10. Awesome answer, thanks. I wonder since I never had the strength to keep weight off that I had lost in the past -- I have lost so many times and quite a lot -- how I would find the strength now after the honeymoon period is over. That scares me more than the actual operation!