Keeping your stomach pouch small and your hungerstat down is part of the secret of losing and maintaining weight. It only takes 14 days or less of eating less food and your stomach shrinks down to a smaller pouch. It begins to be painful to eat over your normal "set" amount of bites that you usually take in.
As your stomach shrinks, your hormone levels begin to shrink. The hormones that make you want to eat actually go down...leptin and ghrelin and start to return to more normal.
The larger your stomach the more leptin you produce. Stomach size and tissue DO have something to do with weight loss and satiety.
A smaller stomach also means Satiety, being satisfied with less food. If you feel FULL with only 5-10 bites, think how much easier it would be to stop than if you felt full on 40 bites.
Your stomach knows size/volume of what you put in it, not calories! If you eat a large amount of food, you get a larger amount of hormones that stimulate more hunger, etc... Quantity...how much you eat! You are stimulating less hormones if you eat less, that is where Counting Bites come in. 80 bites program recommends somewhere between 15-18 bites for meals. 25 or less Bites is a good goal for a maximum amount of bites at one meal or eating occasion for your stomach.
If you are actively losing weight, your bites may be much lower than this, even down to 10 bites a day. (see 5 bite diet)
The long term plan Bariatric Patients are supposed to eat 7-10 bites per meal for the rest of their lives long term, with a maximum of 16 bites (16 Tablespoons/1 cup) If they eat more than this, they run the risk of starting to stretch the stomach back out again and possibly begin to gain the weight back.
Too much water/fluids can also stretch the stomach! Bariatric Surgery patients are recommended NOT to drink water with the meal, only 1/2 hour before and 1/2 hour after meals.
Study showing the stomach can shrink in capacity up to 36%
Article about 5 bite diet, Hungerstat and your stomach shrinking
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