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Stomach-shrinking is a subject often
debated by health experts. But it is
possible to reduce the size of your
stomach safely and without surgery,
simply by changing your eating habits.

Many overweight people are turning to
surgical procedures such as
laparoscopic or gastric stomach bands
where an inflatable band is surgically
inserted around the upper part of the
stomach, which creates a smaller stomach pouch. When the capacity of the stomach
is reduced, the patient is only able to eat small portions of food at meals, and
generally eats less over time. But these procedures don’t work for everyone and can
have side effects such as band slippage or erosion, acid reflux and infection.

Here's the good news; experts have found that the size of the stomach can be shrunk
naturally in just three to four weeks without resorting to surgery. So someone
considering a laparoscopic procedure might benefit from trying stomach shrinking
through diet before resorting to surgery.

Here's how it works; if one eats large portions of food on a regular basis, the shape
and capacity of the stomach will change, requiring more and more food to create the
sensation of feeling full. A tragic example of a stomach stretched-out to an enormous
capacity is Diamond Jim Brady, a multi-millionaire in the 1890s. It is said that he
began each day by drinking two quarts of orange juice, and eating a breakfast of
eggs, cornbread, muffins, flapjacks chops, fried potatoes and beefsteak. Then later in
the morning, he snacked on 2 or 3 dozen clams. His lunch consisted of more clams
and oysters, 2 or 3 deviled crabs, a brace of broiled lobsters, beef salad and pie. At
afternoon tea, he had a huge plate of seafood, which he washed down with several
bottles of lemon soda. Then his typical dinner consisted of 2 or 3 dozen more oysters,
half a dozen crabs, a few bowls of soup, 6 or 7 lobsters, 2 entire ducks, 2 portions of
turtle meat, a sirloin steak, vegetables and an assortment of desserts. He capped it
all off with a 2-pound box of candy. Diamond Jim Brady suffered from diabetes,
cardiac disease, high blood pressure, and an inflamed prostate, all directly caused by
his eating habits. When he finally died at the early age of 61, an autopsy revealed
that his stomach was stretched out six times larger than that of the ordinary man.

While the cautionary tale of Diamond Jim Brady may be hard to believe, it is true that
some obese people require more food than the average person to feel full. Years
ago, I worked at an office and sat across from a woman who weighed around 400
pounds. The office had a full kitchen, so some employees would prepare their own
food in the morning. This woman would regularly fix herself a dozen eggs for
breakfast, sometimes accompanied with a large steak, all fried in butter. For lunch
she liked to drive to a fast food restaurant in the neighborhood and would return with
two or three double cheeseburgers, large fries and an extra-large cola. She literally
ate enough food to feed four men at every meal and always seemed to be hungry.
Her typical breakfast and lunch alone averaged around 5000 calories and that’s not
including whatever she had for dinner and dessert at home. Combine that many
calories with little to no physical activity and it’s easy to see why she was grossly

It has been proven that the stomach can be stretched out to enormous proportions by
overeating, so how can one get it back into shape and shrink the size of it? The
following excerpt from
The Benjamin Franklin Diet
explains how to shrink the stomach simply by
changing one’s eating habits.

The human stomach needs about one pint (or 2
cups) of food to fill it. Consider how much food
that actually is. Have you ever gone to a restaurant
and eaten bread and butter before the meal? Did
you feel full and satisfied before your food arrived
twenty minutes later? You get the idea. It doesn’t
take much to fill the stomach.

Nutrition expert, Robyn Flipse, R.D., says that
stomach size expands and contracts according to
the amount of food you eat. If you practice eating
small meals and don’t overfill the stomach, the
capacity it can hold will be less and you won’t feel
hungry as often. But just as the stomach shrinks, it
also expands when we overeat consistently, which
could happen by eating large dinners or meals, even just once a day. Occasional
overeating won’t expand the stomach, but some experts believe that overeating at
meals for two to four weeks can change the shape of the stomach and require more
food to fill it at a sitting.

Dr. David Albin, M.D., agrees with Benjamin Franklin’s advice—to keep meals small
and in the one-pint range. He believes that light meals have no negative effects on
the body and can help improve comprehension. “It is a proven scientific fact that if
you eat less your stomach will shrink and it will take less to satiate your appetite,”
says Dr. Albin. “You are going to lose weight and without being hungry.”

Dr. Matovu, a gastroenterologist at Kibuli Hospital in Kampala, Uganda says it is a
medical fact that people can decrease their stomach size by changing their diet, and
that it takes less than one month to do so by eating small, evenly spaced meals. Dr.
Lawrence Cheskin, M.D., head of the Weight Management Center at Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine, recommends eating three moderate meals a day at regularly
scheduled intervals. In the beginning, your appetite may be bigger than your
stomach, so practice temperance as the size of your stomach decreases. “To
lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals,” Franklin advised.

Never skip meals and save up for a big meal later. Eat at regular intervals and never
consume more than one pint per sitting. You’ll find that if you keep your meals in the
one-pint range, you won’t be hungry all the time as your stomach capacity adjusts to
a more temperate eating style.
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one-pint mason jar
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