I agree with Saef.
I have also concluded that keeping the weight off is all about controlling impulses. This is one of the reasons why I Always recommend therapy to people who are trying to lose massive amounts (over 100 lbs) of weight, the natural way (ie not through WLS).
I really do think that morbid obesity is an addiction issue, and needs to be treated in therapy. There is just no way that I was eating 4 large potatoes, 3 eggs, a half a pack of kraft cheese, 4 slices of bacon, two sausages, and three pieces of toast, because I was hungry. I know for a fact that food, its taste, texture and smell is like a drug for me, and through therapy, journal writing and lots of introspection, I have come up with strategies that have helped me reduce cortisol: the stress hormone that is more likely to make you impulsive and emotional enough to over eat, and increase my dopamine: the relaxation hormone.
I sleep as much as possible,
I get regular massages after a tough week,
I play harp (which is one of the most relaxing instruments you can play)
I have lots of "me alone" time.
I would show progress photos, but apparently I have too little posts on these forums to put pictures here.
When you have the Weight Loss Surgery, of course you are chemically different. Anytime a major organ is damaged or "worked" with there are bio-chemical consequences. I am sure, the amount of tissue removed from removing the stomach effects the amount of leptin (the satiety hormone) produced and basically cures the addiction issue. This is one of the reasons I always argue that WLS makes weight loss easier at first, but then, when your body repairs itself, and the leptin comes back.. if you don't handle the emotional/addiction issues you are ...screwed.
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