I am not gonna sugar coat this. Some people may not like what I am about to say. But, it is the truth. And as we all know, sometimes, the truth stinks.
In order to be successful with this tool we call a band you have to put in the work. Really! You have to eat right and *gasp* exercise. That's right, you have to use self control.
I have seen a lot of belly aching on forums about how the band is not controlling peoples food intake. How they aren't losing any weight. That is should be easier. If you signed up for easy then you had the wrong surgery.
My surgeon point blank said, "This is JUST a tool. You will have to do the work. It does not do the work for you." Did I really believe him in the beginning? No! But, after the initial weight loss and a plateau I quickly realized that I would have to do some major work if I wanted the plateaus to stop. Therefore, when a plateau happens (and they always do) I have to change things up. Increase protein, decrease sugar and carbs, exercise a bit more, etc.
People, you have to work with this band! Why is that so hard? We did not get fat overnight and we are not going to get skinny overnight either. It is going to take years of dedication on our part.
Sure, we all slip but you have to do the work 80% of the time (if not more). No one promised us lollipops, gumdrops and rainbows. No one told you this would be easy breezy. So what made you think it would?
Is it hard work? Hell yes! Do you have to be dedicated? Hell yes! But, will you be able to say YOU did the work? Yes! That you are the one that worked the band? Yes.
You do not have the right to complain about something you are not actively participating in.