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how long do i have to fast for my stomach to significantly shrink?


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#1 obsessing

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 04:50 PM

i want my stomach to be so small that i am able to eat a very small portion of something and feel full. how long do i need to fast for that to happen?
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Posted 02 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

I have no idea,  i went 1 month or so only eating 1 egg and a slice of bread per day and after that I could still binge eat 3000+ calories lol



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

you don't necessarily have to fast. The smaller amount of food you eat for any period the smaller your stomach gets, or the less you feel able to hold I should say
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Posted 02 December 2013 - 04:54 PM

I guess it doesn't only depend on that food you eat, those liquids you drink also stretch the stomach.... :-/


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 04:55 PM

you don't necessarily have to fast. The smaller amount of food you eat for any period the smaller your stomach gets, or the less you feel able to hold I should say

This is right - even if you fast, if you "fill up on fluids" your stomach wont shrink.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:24 PM

I think it depends on the person i can fast for 3 days and ny stomach hurts if i eat large foods but then again i can also fast for 7 days.and eat evrrything so idk
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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:31 PM

I've started restricting a lot more these past few months and my stomach is definitely a bit smaller. It's probably due to eating only 1 meal a day though.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:32 PM

For me, I notice after 3 or even 2 days. But if you don't want to fast, just eat meals and snacks smaller than your fist. Basically just until you're no longer starving. That will shrink it too. Itll take a couple days longer (in my experience anyway).
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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:38 PM

I used to eat so much, it makes me sick just thinking about it. Once I started reducing my intake, my stomach shrunk within a month or so. It was gradual, so I can't be sure how long it takes, but it definitely did. I could go through so much food, and now I'm satisfied after eating a small bowl of watermelon or 5-6 saltines.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:43 PM

Hm. I eat 24 hours apart. Like once a day at the exact same time. I believe this is called intermittent fasting. Since it allows my stomach to be empty for long stretches of time, when I DO eat, I am full quicker. Maybe this would help you? Without having to fast 100% and potentially binge, at least :)
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:11 AM

I guess it doesn't only depend on that food you eat, those liquids you drink also stretch the stomach.... :-/


i know omg im severely dehydrated bc of this..
 

 

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:12 AM

Hm. I eat 24 hours apart. Like once a day at the exact same time. I believe this is called intermittent fasting. Since it allows my stomach to be empty for long stretches of time, when I DO eat, I am full quicker. Maybe this would help you? Without having to fast 100% and potentially binge, at least :)


i do this too!! ive been doing it for years, i didnt know it was an actual thing until i came on this site. my meal is dinner, whats yours?
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:19 AM

After 2-3 days I can't eat portions like before. But I think it depends on your stomach.
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:24 AM

Normally I would eat 1500-1800 calories (tried to recover, but only end up binging so im through), and sometimes ALSO binge, so 2400 calories maybe,  thats a lot I know

buuut

After one day of 300 calories

binge

fast

small binge

and then now, trying to eat a normal portion, I couldn't even finish I got so full

so I would say about 1-3 days depending on how little you eat (if you eat above 1200 obviously not 3 days but you get it)


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:25 AM

Technically speaking the organ that is your stomach (not what we call a "stomach" which is mostly the intestines and reproductive organs) doesn't grow or shrink. It becomes accustomed to the amount of food we put in it. The more you eat the more it feels like it needs that much food to be "full." Whereas, if it is used to eating less, you don't need as much to "fill up."

 

Unfortunately, not eating or fasting will cause the body to go into "starvation mode" and will tend to bloat out and store fat. So eating little bits every few hours is more beneficial to weight loss than not eating at all. So, eat a little bit of peanut butter or something of the sort (protein and good fats to keep your body moving, few calories, and wont make your body freak out on you) and then water in between. 


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:35 AM

For me, I notice after 3 or even 2 days. But if you don't want to fast, just eat meals and snacks smaller than your fist. Basically just until you're no longer starving. That will shrink it too. Itll take a couple days longer (in my experience anyway).


i do the fist thing c:
 

 

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 01:39 AM

honestly it takes a while...depending on how big it is now I suppose. Like for me it will take at least two months...maybe one..


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:09 AM

Okay, so there's two theories about this.

 

The first, and more popular might I add, is that the stomach is a stretchable muscle that expands for food and shrinks without it.

The second theory is that the stomach is a resilient muscle that expands to hold up to 4L of food (possibly more with training or compulsive overeating) but shrinks down to normal size immediately after food exits completely to small intestine. 

 

In the first theory, the stomach stretches per quantity of food eaten and after eating a certain amount over time or one very large amount at one sitting, it stretches out and has to take time to return to normal size for your body. This takes about two weeks, depending on the person. After this, when food is restricted, the stomach can slowly shrink over two week intervals. 

 

In the second theory, however, despite overeating, the stomach will only remain stretched as long as it is filled with food or liquid. Per this theory, it is impossible to shrink the stomach beyond that which is your body's natural size.

 

The majority of what people perceive as stomach growth or shrinkage is actually physiological rather than physical. When food quantities are reduced, the digestive system begins to function differently to require less food, and the appetite decreases therefore enabling you to become full much more quickly. The reverse is also true. When food quantities are increased, rather gradually or in a binge, the digestive system changes and calls for more food the following day. The brain develops a pattern thus increasing appetite.


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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:19 AM

i do this too!! ive been doing it for years, i didnt know it was an actual thing until i came on this site. my meal is dinner, whats yours?

Dinner, too :) Then I don't have to think about food all day and can get some calories in at the end of the night. I feel so outta control if I eat on any other schedule :o
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 08:27 AM

Technically speaking the organ that is your stomach (not what we call a "stomach" which is mostly the intestines and reproductive organs) doesn't grow or shrink. It becomes accustomed to the amount of food we put in it. The more you eat the more it feels like it needs that much food to be "full." Whereas, if it is used to eating less, you don't need as much to "fill up."

Unfortunately, not eating or fasting will cause the body to go into "starvation mode" and will tend to bloat out and store fat. So eating little bits every few hours is more beneficial to weight loss than not eating at all. So, eat a little bit of peanut butter or something of the sort (protein and good fats to keep your body moving, few calories, and wont make your body freak out on you) and then water in between.


Im not sure how much i believe in starvation mode (both from experience and reading studies). Its true that the bodys burns fewer calories when eating less, but it takes about a week for it to drop to anything noticibly low, and even then, it wont store every bite as fat, itll just take a day or two to go back to its usual calorie burning. But youre right in saying fasting isnt for everyone. For some its really difficult and sets them up for a binge,; for some, its really effective.


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