About 10 years ago, I had an epithany. I was watching a show on Discovery Health about people who had gastric bypass surgery and how they ate after the surgery.
They can only eat about 1/2 to 1 cup of food at each meal, because that's all the stomach room they have left. Surprise, surprise! They lose weight.
Being a reasonably intelligent person I decided to eat like I had had the surgery. I lost 45 lbs. After the first few days, I was not hungry. I took vitamins (between meals with my water or other beverages). I ate my protein first the way the surgery patients do.
Unfortunately, this weight loss did not make any difference in my fibro pain, fatigue, fibrofog, irritable bowel, migranes, and other joys. I was walking up and down our hills. I was doing the aquatic aerobics twice a week. And I still felt horrible. I was on the Duragesic pain patches at 150 mcg/hr and still in horrible pain.
I kept the weight off for about 3 years. Then I gradually started eating a little more. I'd eat 1 whole hamburger on a bun for dinner. I'd have a whole cup of chilli instead of a half cup.
I exist on 1200 calories a day now. I weigh 171 lbs. on my 5' 3" frame. And I refuse to go back to starvation rations in an attempt to look like society's version of beauty.
I get my nerve blocks every 3 months and trigger point injections every 3 or so weeks. My pain medication is Voltaren gel if my hands hurt too much or lidoderm patches for my spine and NO NARCOTICS. I walk when my knees and my replaced hip will let me. But my pain level is lower than it was when I was thinner, younger, and more active.