Ways to Shrink Your Stomach Without Undergoing Surgery

This article was taken from the Benjamin Franklin Diet. We were looking into some ways on how to shrink your stomach (cara mengecilkan perut) without the need for surgery and this article came up.

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. Read through the article on how to shrink your stomach without undergoing surgery (cara mengecilkan perut).

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. 

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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 ate 2 or 3 dozen clams as his snacks. 

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 overweight.

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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 without being hungry.”

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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.