Monday, June 8, 2015

Does Dieting Actually Make Your Stomach Shrink?

"Swimsuit season is shockingly near, tempting many of us to sample from the diverse buffet of contemporary diets that promise to melt away lingering belly fat. Countless diets make sweeping claims—from flushing away toxins to curbing appetite. But can dieting actually shrink the size of your stomach, making you want to eat less? And for that matter, does overeating stretch your stomach and encourage gluttony? These questions have divided scientists for decades, but recent research is beginning to bring new insights to the controversial subject.
Even before dinner is server, the digestion process has already begun. In anticipation of a meal, saliva builds up in your mouth, while acid and enzymes accumulate in the stomach to help break down food. The stomach muscles also relax to prepare for the impending bombardment in a process called gastric accommodation. For the average adult, this natural “stretchiness” is far more important than baseline volume in determining how full someone gets from a given intake of food. As you eat more, your stomach volume can increase more than five-fold to house all the chow. After the food passes through the digestive tract, however, the stomach returns to its original size..."
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