Hey, medically speaking, everyone is right- your stomach stretches when you fill it with food, but it will "shrink" again when it is empty. It's natural state is about the size of your fist. Your body will take a while to accept that you are giving it less food. It is less about your stomach, and more about you total calories (or lack thereof!)
If you are still having problems with being really hungry, try adding some "free" bulk to your meal. You need to add enough bulk to fill your stomach enough that it stretches enough to send chemical signals saying you have eaten, you are full now. I like to add raw veggies. They are super low calorie, but they fill up the stomach so it knows I've eaten a meal. This is why it is easy to eat a bag of M&M's or whatever-it never actually stretches your stomach enough to signal that you ate and don't need to eat more.
NOTE: veggies help make you feel full... for a while. You probably know this, but you need fat and protein if you want to STAY full. Veggies signal you to stop eating, and fats and veggies keep you full until you actually need to eat again.
So, don't worry. Your stomach isn't all floppy. It is the right size it needs to be. Your body just needs to realize you are changing the game, and getting healthy! Keep going!
I am a PA student, and have finished (and aced, might I add) medical anatomy (and physiology...)
Edited by: KNESS912 at: 4/8/2013 (20:43)
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