Well, my take on the whole surgery thing (and I've nothing at all against those that choose that route) is that you need to follow a strict pre-op lower cal diet for some time. If you can do that, why not just keep doing it?
And, surgery is not a license to eat whatever you want. I know people who've had it done and wound up fat again. If you don't address the mental aspects of overeating, you CAN end up where you were pre-op (probably even worse off).
Not to mention the side effects and possible complications (death included) I just decided I'd never actually do it. Fortunately for me, tracking a lower calorie but reasonably filling amount of food and modest amount of exercise here on FitDay has worked really well for me.
Of course, I haven't maintained my loss yet so that may be the fly in the ointment. Time will tell!
I'm kinda rambling here, but really, I think we can come up with an eating plan that you can live with.
47 M 5'8"
May 4, 2010...... 440? lbs. (Start FitDay Size 60 Jeans)
June 19, 2010.... 393 lbs. (First Weigh-in)
June 19, 2011.... 229 lbs. (164 lbs. gone in one year :-)
Current Weight... 185 lbs. (Size 36 Jeans)
Next Goal 169 lbs. (07/04/12)
Ultimate Goal 165 lbs. (12/31/12)
The best exercises for weight loss are Fork Putdowns and Table Pushaways.