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I've been thinking about this topic a lot. I agree that our physical stomach organ does not shrink if we eat smaller meals. I believe that what happens is, we stop stretching our stomach when we eat frequent small meals, and then if a time comes way down the line when we do sit down to a big big meal, it becomes more uncomfortable for the stomach muscles to stretch which would explain why thin people are stuffed from one carrot stick and I could easily eat an entire pie in one sitting. Its no different than if you and a gymnast stand side by side and both reach down and touch your toes. If its been years since you touched your toes without bending your knees you will probably be in tears from the pain, (lol) while the gymnast will touch her toes and then bend over backwards and touch her heals because she is so accustomed to stretching her muscles. Makes perfect sense to me now!
Stop stretching your stomach by eating too much and after some time it will not feel good being stretched even a little bit making you feel full after one carrot stick@!@!
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GRZOLLAR, that is a very good point-- it is the appetite that shrinks not the stomach. I have always thought it sad, (and feared it would happen to me), when I read about people who had a stomach surgery to reduce their stomach but *still* overate. It really is our appetite we need to shrink.
I was thinking more about our stomach's almost being like having a truck with two fuel tanks. Metaphorically, I didn't used to feel full until both my tank and my auxiliary tank were full. It was like me gauge didn't register "full" on the first tank and I'd keep pouring it in until no more would fit. Now I've learned to feel satisfied when my physical hunger is met, instead of when my stomach absolutely couldn't hold one more bite.
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Your physical stomach does not shrink unless you have a surgical procedure.
You can shrink your appetite by all of the methods mentioned.
I is about PORTIONS not calories.
Calories with exercise is for weight loss.
REDUCED Portions SHRINK YOUR APPETITE.
I look forward to the day this happens. I've been stretching my body for so long, I don't even remember what "normal" feels like. Penny
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This is a Great Post. I want to read it often. Good food for THOUGHT! Another, change I have made, is getting up from the table after I have eaten my meal. The old me, would et another plate or sit at the table waiting for something to happen. Like I would have a magic feeling come over me ahhh, I am full. Didn't work that way, I would want more food. What I do now, is eat slowly, try to chew chew chew. If I drift off, bring myself back to mindfulness about my food and the tastes and smells and joy. Then, when my plate is clean I move away. The 20 minutes until the brain can get its signal to the stomach that it is full and happy, NEVER comes when I am at the table. But, I have found if I get away from the table, 20 minutes FLYS BE AND I AM FULL. And happy. One day at a time. I must remember to be very kind to myself. And, be intentional about loving me and loving me. and SHRINKING STOMACHS!! paula
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I used to be able to eat very large amounts (probably at least 3000 calories at a time), but I can't do it now. I went out to eat not too long ago and had to double check the Applebee's menu and make sure that my whole meal of portebello steaks tips and French onion soup really was only about 450 calories- because I felt stuffed.
I think the secret to having shrunk my stomach naturally is that I haven't just cut my calories through dieting, I have broken up my calorie budget into several small meals per day-- and have not binged on large amounts of food *at all* for months.
My stomach has gotten used to 300-400 calorie meals and has "shrunk".
But I also very much agree with SEEBEE3. I think that I previously didn't recognize what an appropriate, satisfied physcial fullness was, and I ate, feeling emotionally unsatisfied, until I really physically couldn't hold anything anymore and could no longer deny to myself that I really was FULL. I believe our stomach is made with a lot of excess capacity for times of emergency, but it is healthier to fuel ourselves often with small meals and snacks instead of use that extra capacity.
I also have been working hard on learning to listen to my body and eat slower. I've been doing this consciously, I've been reading books about it (like Intuitive Eating), and I've also been listening to a "Mind Over Platter" self hypnosis CD and "I Can Make You Think" Neurolinguistic Programming CD, both of which work on changing habits subconsciously.
In the book, "I Can Make You Thin" he makes what I think is a good point:(p. 48) "I've noticed a funny thing about people who are overweight. They spend all their time thinking about food-- except when they are actually eating it. Then they go into a kind of 'eating trance', where they shovel as much food into their mouths as fast as they can without actually chewing or tasting anything. Strange as it may seem, there is a very good reason for that. Whenever we do someting that is essential for our survival, like eating, breathing deeply, or making love, we release a 'happy chemical' in our brains called serotonin. Pleople who are overweight often shovel food into their mouths as quickly as possible in order to get a serotonin high. Unfortunately, because they are eating unconsciously, they never notice the signal from their stomach that lets them know they are full. So they keep on stuffing their faces, expanding their stomachs and putting on weight." Thus his "Golden rule #3- "You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, so long as you fully enjoy every single mouthful"
SW 8/1/08 229.
Good post! I've noticed that I eat less now than I did six months ago, and it's a great feeling. I have also noticed that when I over eat I feel guilty and it makes me exercise a tad more.
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I think when you diet you naturally eat less so your stomach (internally) shrinks because it's not all unnaturally expanded from your previously big food intake. No?
That's at least what I've noticed from my experience. It doesn't take as much food now for me to feel satiated. I attribute that to my stomach size going back to normal.
Also, to reduce the fat aka stomach bulge, low carb works great for me. I can tell a big difference after 2 weeks, 1 week even.
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LOL Carol, that goes against what everyone has been saying. But its the truth for you. Thanks for sharing, you made me laugh.
I actually got dentures in the past couple of years and it's much harder for me to eat fast. I eat pretty slow but it doesn't seem to help the amount of food I eat. I just have to sit a little longer.
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I think that as you continue to eat less, your stomach will shrink. I don't eat nearly as much as I used to.
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the way to do it is portion size and eating slower.. so youcan tell when your full. It takes time to know that and to get in the habit of paying attention and putting your fork don between each for full. It can be done so try eating less and sharing when you go out
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PHOEBE- That is a very good point!
I think I often eat quickly to avoid getting caught with food, or I will eat fast just to make sure I get seconds. I will try to slow down, and see if that makes me think my stomach has shrank.
I grew up in a family with 5 children. Learned early that if I didn't eat quickly I wouldn't get seconds. I'm learning to slow down and have discovered two things. I'm finally tasting what the food tastes like and I'm recognizing when I'm full. I am actually leaving food on my plate now.
So I don't know if stomachs shrink or we learn to recognize when we're full.
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i have been doing the spark thing since oct 12th...last week i actually felt hunger pangs...i haven't felt those in forever!!! it was kind of nice to feel them...then when i did eat i was only eating about 1/2 of what i ate before and i was stuffed...so i guess your stomach does shrink after a while of dieting.
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I think sometimes if we've been overeating regularly we become immune to the "full" feeling or our sensitivity is reduced. Once we start eating what we physically should our senses return to normal over time. 'Kind of like listening to a rock concert: you have to yell for the rest of the evening to carry on a conversation but you are fine the next morning. I just wish the appetite thing was as fast.
I also think that there are some things that superseded that full feeling. For me its the sugar crash. Understanding glycemic index has helped me a lot here.
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i am not sure about shrinking it. I know...like you said...I can eat my DH under the table.....hands down. But you know what I have noticed? It is because I can finish half of my meal before he even prepares his to eat...he plays with his food before he starts.....moves it on the plate.....seasons it...cuts off all microscopic slivers of fat......etc......and literally I can finish my plate full before he starts...so I slowed down......i do feel fuller if I slow down...eat things that take a long time to chew....
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My stomach shrinks after I've been dieting for a month or so. At least it shrinks on the inside... it still looks fat!!!
I have heard your stomach shrinks as we lose weight. I don't know. I drink 12 ounces of water a half hour before I eat, I eat chicken noodle soup for lunch and have crunchy celery and carrots instead of crackers. Then if I am still hungry, I have a half a sandwich and a piece of fruit.
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Hello, I want to be able to shrink my stomach without surgery. I want to be one of those people who have one plate and then feel stuffed. One slice of pizza, 2 at most and cant stand the thought of the third slice. Now I'd say I could easily eat a whole days worth of food and still be able to nibble on snacks or left overs. I feel that I can eat wAY more than any lady should be able to. I can eat my hubby under the table when we go out to dinner. Is my stomach large from genetics? and how can I make it smaller so I don't eat as much?