The most I ever fantasised about was getting down to a size 16.If you had known me then, you’d have assumed I was fat but happy.’Pauline had several relationships but never married.The message sent to the brain is that the entire stomach is full, which helps the patient to feel less hungry, eat smaller portions and lose weight.Pauline’s band was fitted in March 2010 and required just one overnight stay in hospital.‘Every so often, when my clothes got really tight or I was going on holiday, I would make the effort to diet.But whatever weight I lost, I regained as soon as the diet stopped.The private clinic that Pauline chose for her operation claims a 99 per cent success rate and celebrities among its clients. The band – an inflatable silicone ring – is placed around the upper part of the stomach via keyhole surgery, creating a small pouch about the size of a golf ball.
‘But in 12 months, I might have put on another three stone, and I didn’t want to risk that,’ she says.
On her return home, she not only felt different, she looked different, and discovered she had lost three stone.
‘I had gone down to a size 16, and for the first time in my life I was able to buy clothes from normal shops rather than the outsize chains.’ She worked with a personal trainer and took up running as well as gym work-outs.
Her dress size had dropped from 24 to 12 and, with the added help of twice-weekly sessions at the gym, she was fitter than she had ever been.
Pauline made no secret of how she had achieved her transformation.