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Old 06-22-2010, 10:20 AM   #1
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Can stomach size semi-permanently increase


I've noticed about a month ago that I don't get the full sensation when eating that I used to. Meals that would have normally left me feeling miserably full now just leave me feeling "not hungry".

I wouldn't say I have excessive hunger. Between meals I am not more hungry than I was before, and I'm not hungry all the time. It's just after eating I don't get that full feeling. I go from hungry to not hungry, but never stuffed.

Since this is a recent change, I have wondered if I've stretched my stomach or something. Is this possible? If so, can it be reversed naturally?


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Old 06-22-2010, 06:19 PM   #2
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Re: Can stomach size semi-permanently increase

Your stomach can stretch and "shrink" depending on the size of the meals you put into it. If you get in the habit of eating large meals, your body adapts. If you usually eat small portions, your body adapts.

Just make your meals smaller, see if that helps.

Edit to add: The stomach won't actually shrink. It'll just contract.

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Re: Can stomach size semi-permanently increase

I feel this way at times too, and yes, you should be able to go back to how you were before! I noticed that back when I used to eat 5 small meals throughout the day (I really, really want to start doing this again), I was very hungry at first (even though my calories were at a good number for the day), but I adapted pretty quickly. Once I went back to eating 3 normal meals, I felt so much more full! Now I'm starting to not really feel full that often, unless I eat a carb-heavy meal. Many meals won't make me full like they used to, only certain things. It's very strange. I find it helpful to drink a full glass of water before eating... it helps make you feel full faster. I also try to eat a lot of fruits and veggies with meals, which also fills me up more. Same with making sure my meal has plenty of lean protein. Now I'd like to try to pace myself again and eat smaller meals, every few hours. I think in my mind, I try to remember that I'll be able to eat again soon, so if I am still a little hungry, it isn't as big a deal. Then I start to get used to eating that way. It really helped me never feel stuffed, keep calories in check, and keep my energy up more!

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