“The sugar hits your intestines quickly so it makes you feel sick,” she explains. “Even if I wanted to do a full cupcake, I can’t, but I can have a fourth of a cupcake. [The surgery] really keeps you in check. It really helps you control what you’re putting in your mouth.”
For Barboza, having bypass surgery has meant making a complete lifestyle overhaul.
“You’re life is going to change — it’s really wonderful and you’ll have great results — but you really have to commit,” she says. “You have to realize that this is a tool, and how you implement the tool is the result you’re going to get.”