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Should I eat smaller meals throughout the day to prevent my stomach from stretching?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 30, 2012 at 12:26 AM

I feel like I eat way too much at one meal if I don't eat often throughout the day. Would eating a few smaller meals help me to shrink my stomach again? I think I'm overeating because there's usually like one meal a day where I just eat way too much and feel so stuffed. I'm scared that I'm stretching out my stomach too much, causing MORE overeating!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 30, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Dan - Right. IF you are able to wait until you are physically full and your body sends out an emergency "Stop" based on pressure it's a sign that CCK, ghrelin, Leptin, NPY etc... are all flummoxed. If I tried eating enough to feel physically full I'd long sense have gotten sweaty and quesy.

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on September 30, 2012
at 08:32 PM

If I could just stop doing it, I totally would. It's like an uncontrollable feeling...I just want so badly to feel FULL, like stop all the cravings and stuff. It's hard to concentrate when I still keep thinking about food, even though I feel like my stomach is stuffed. :/ It's like there's still a hunger...

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 30, 2012
at 05:49 PM

@PlantGirl - that would work for a person with a normal metabolism, but not with a person who is metabolically deranged (me). If I keep eating any time I want to, I always want to eat more.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:55 PM

There is evidence....check with a post bariatric patient. They can verify that the stomach is indeed able to be stretched.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I think I meant when* (and not what)

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on September 30, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I've been thinking about fasting or not fasting lately, and I think if you're hungry, eat. If not, don't eat. It doesn't matter what you ate or how much because every time you're putting different macro/micro nutrients into your body. So only it knows what you need.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I find that when I eat more food (too much food) it does make my whole belly feel bigger and even like its stretched out and now fatter. So if I don't overeat, I feel thinner, happier, and have more room leftover to think about other fun things. It does take a while, but it can go back to the way it was before.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on September 30, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Yep the integrative physician I see also recommends 3 meals p/day with no snacks. I firmly believe that the "5 meal a day to keep your metabolism burning" is bunk. I actually find I think less about food when I stick to a 3 meal a day routine, or some days some IF'ing if I'm not hungry.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:19 AM

I think some people are conditioned to eating until they get that stretched feeling, though. It's probably more of a psychological thing than a physical thing.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 30, 2012
at 02:17 AM

(with a small break between)

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:17 AM

+1 for eating slowly. I break up my meals into two parts: Part 1: Protein-based and Part 2: carb or veggie-based.

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on September 30, 2012
at 01:48 AM

I'm eating paleo. Lots of vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts), meat (chicken, ground beef) and some fruit (like an apple or some berries each day).

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on September 30, 2012
at 12:49 AM

What are you eating? It makes a difference.

Eat slower and stop before your full for 20 minutes or so to let the satiety bells ring in your brain. Thats some general advice. I wouldn't recommend more than 3 meals a day except in some very special circumstances.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:17 AM

+1 for eating slowly. I break up my meals into two parts: Part 1: Protein-based and Part 2: carb or veggie-based.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:17 AM

(with a small break between)

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on September 30, 2012
at 01:48 AM

I'm eating paleo. Lots of vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts), meat (chicken, ground beef) and some fruit (like an apple or some berries each day).

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 30, 2012
at 12:52 AM

I don't really see stomach stretching as major factor in over-eating. At least not compared to addiction and the dopamine system.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:19 AM

I think some people are conditioned to eating until they get that stretched feeling, though. It's probably more of a psychological thing than a physical thing.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 30, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Dan - Right. IF you are able to wait until you are physically full and your body sends out an emergency "Stop" based on pressure it's a sign that CCK, ghrelin, Leptin, NPY etc... are all flummoxed. If I tried eating enough to feel physically full I'd long sense have gotten sweaty and quesy.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I find that when I eat more food (too much food) it does make my whole belly feel bigger and even like its stretched out and now fatter. So if I don't overeat, I feel thinner, happier, and have more room leftover to think about other fun things. It does take a while, but it can go back to the way it was before.

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2336245491a87ee15d4fb8f8f8283909

(1173)

on September 30, 2012
at 08:56 AM

I've never seen any evidence that you can shrink or stretch your stomach by eating. Your appetite is controlled by hormones. If you are stuffing yourself to the point of discomfort, stop doing it.

Both my wife and I eat 1-2 meals a day...sometimes consuming a lot of food in one extended meal and sometimes less. I can eat a lot or be satisfied with a little. I'm not sure why you would want to stuff yourself..It's not a pleasant feeling. Listen to what your body is telling you.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:55 PM

There is evidence....check with a post bariatric patient. They can verify that the stomach is indeed able to be stretched.

2c24b5d535ab1322e037099d023039f4

on September 30, 2012
at 08:32 PM

If I could just stop doing it, I totally would. It's like an uncontrollable feeling...I just want so badly to feel FULL, like stop all the cravings and stuff. It's hard to concentrate when I still keep thinking about food, even though I feel like my stomach is stuffed. :/ It's like there's still a hunger...

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 30, 2012
at 05:40 AM

The doctor I consulted recommended three meals per day and no snacks. She actually believes in intermittent fasting, but I am not ready for that.

Eliminate fruit, nuts, anything sweet and whatever triggers your overeating. Eat more bone broth with every meal, some organ meats, count your carbs. Your appetite will stabilize.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on September 30, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Yep the integrative physician I see also recommends 3 meals p/day with no snacks. I firmly believe that the "5 meal a day to keep your metabolism burning" is bunk. I actually find I think less about food when I stick to a 3 meal a day routine, or some days some IF'ing if I'm not hungry.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I've been thinking about fasting or not fasting lately, and I think if you're hungry, eat. If not, don't eat. It doesn't matter what you ate or how much because every time you're putting different macro/micro nutrients into your body. So only it knows what you need.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 30, 2012
at 05:49 PM

@PlantGirl - that would work for a person with a normal metabolism, but not with a person who is metabolically deranged (me). If I keep eating any time I want to, I always want to eat more.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on September 30, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I think I meant when* (and not what)

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