How I Shrunk My Stomach Size Without Surgery in 4 Steps
This somewhat controversial article sets out how, over a period of a few weeks, I managed to shrink the size of my stomach and, as a consequence, stopped feeling hungry all the time by taking the following four steps:
- Don't Eat Until You've "Been" - Empty your Bowels Before you Eat
- One, at Most Two Meals a Day
- No Drinking While Eating
- Reduce or Omit Meat and Dairy Consumption
What you eat is just as important as when you eat.
I shall discuss each of the above discoveries in greater detail, but before doing so, it is imperative to fully understand how the digestive system works as explained in the following short video.
Now you know exactly what happens inside your body when you swallow a bite of food. So what is the substance that makes a potbelly? OK so there is a considerable layer of fat on top; you can pinch and feel that. But underneath that layer of fat, right beneath dormant muscle tissue, there is more bulge inside the digestive system. What is that stuff? Well, as we've just learned from the above video, the large intestine processes waste, undigested food, that turns into feces. Can you draw your own conclusion?
So What is the Secret?
I reduced bloating and stretching of my stomach by simply giving the entire digestive system a well deserved daily cleansing and a good rest.
Why Did I Always Feel Hungry?
An overfed, stagnant body that never moves much is going to become very unsatisfied. Not aware enough to identify the real cause of its discomfort, the "food-addicted" body is not sure why it is always feeling hungry. It attempts to appease the vague sense of ‘craving’, of feeling ‘empty’ by sneaking to the refrigerator, the chocolate box or the drinks cabinet for unnecessary, even harmful nourishment. This cycle not only makes you fat, it also creates guilt, harms your self-esteem, can give you indigestion, piles, candida, colitis, or stomach ulcers, diabetes, can make you obese, anorexic or even bulimic. Paradoxically, constant hunger and binge eating may actually be caused by malnutrition.
"Mal" means bad, nutrition is food intake. Malnutrition is normally associated with poor starving children in Africa. Less known is the fact that those who feed on unhealthy processed foods also suffer from malnutrition. I learned the hard way that if I indulged in foods that have lost most of their vital nutrients through the manufacturing process, then my body craved for more and more. Why? Because it craved for proper nourishment. So even when your stomach is full to the brim, with pasta, pizza, cheese and other animal products to stretching point from oversize portions, you may still suffer from malnutrition. For that reason you will always feel hungry because you are lacking the necessary components of a healthy, nutritious diet. So what is a balanced diet?
Recap So Far
Now that we have taken a thorough look at
- how the digestive system works
- why I always feel hungry and
- what is a healthy diet
you are ready to consider taking the following four steps that will help you change your lifestyle and shrink your stomach without surgery. The first step deals with elimination (yes, going to the bathroom).
1. Don't Eat Until You've "Been" - Empty your Bowels Before you Eat
The first step is possibly the most unconventional one and goes against common beliefs. But think about it: once the stomach has tasted a bite of food it will want more until it has had its fill. A large, stretched out stomach will want more food than a normal size stomach. Now consider that the body is a container for passing food, energy, thought and feeling. If you fill it up before it is emptied out, you will create blockages (bloating) and traffic jams inside which will soon cause you discomfort. What to do?
The stomach has had a whole night to digest the food you ate yesterday. A healthy body is ready to eliminate in the morning shortly after waking up. Would you stuff dirty washing into a washing machine before taking out the previous wash? Similarly, the digestive system must be clean and empty before eating the first meal of the day. Without this first rule: that you need to go to the toilet for a number two before eating anything at all, you will not succeed in shrinking the size of your stomach. If you have not been to the toilet today then don’t eat breakfast, or even lunch, until you've been. It is imperative that you make room in the digestive system for the food you are going to enjoy. The only way to do that is to visit the throne before stuffing more food down your throat. In any event, for as long as it takes, do not eat anything until you've been.
Most of my clients presented with the "don't eat before you've been" concept say to me:
"Oh, but I can't go to the toilet before I eat. Eating helps me eliminate". What happens in that situation is that the new intake of food is actually pressing down the remaining (stagnant) content of the large intestine. A better way to avoid bloating and stretching the stomach is to make room in the entire digestive system before eating the first meal of the day. I figured that I only felt hungry for more once I habitually had breakfast because it is natural to eat until the stomach feels full. If you don't start eating, you won't want more because the stomach is still asleep (resting) and the entire digestive system is still busy completing the cycle from food consumption to elimination.
I learned this simple tip from a very good friend of mine who was brought up in rural Africa. If you cannot go or have difficulty having a regular early morning stool, then squat on top of the toilet bowl to do your business and you'll be amazed at how much easier the elimination process becomes in this more natural position. There is a link at the bottom of this article to a detailed article that explains why squatting is the only correct position for elimination and its many benefits
2. One, at Most Two Meals a Day
Scientific research on the "Impact of Reduced Meal Frequency" (link at the end) suggests that an adult can live happily on one meal a day. This meal is best taken in the late afternoon after the day’s work has been done or early evening before relaxing or retiring. ‘Oh, but I would pass out if I did not eat a little every few hours!’ I thought at first. Then I tried an alternative way of gaining energy:
- Find a clean, quiet floor space to lie down on a yoga mat or folded towel for a few minutes.
- Stretch out fully, breathe deeply and feel your body relaxing into gravity.
- Close your eyes and meditate for 10 minutes while concentrating on the breath.
- Sit up and drink plenty of fresh water.
This simple procedure perked me up like a fresh breeze. It gave me instant energy so I did not need that snack after all.
3. No Drinking While Eating
Although there's no concern that drinking water while you eat affects digestion, in my experience, if a meal contains enough raw, juicy vegetables or salad ingredients to moisten the mouth while chewing, you don’t need to ‘drink’ your food down.
If you need to drink while you eat, it means that the composition of your meal is not properly balanced. Swallowing mushy, overcooked, dark brown food is not appetising. Such food has poor nutritional value and is not easily digested. Raw vegetables, rich in fibre boost the preliminary digestive process. Chewing produces saliva, and its useful enzymes begin digestion before the food even descends into the stomach. I rinse my mouth with water after eating to clean my teeth but don’t, as a rule, drink during meals unless a special ‘wine and dine’ occasion demands the odd toast for social etiquette.
4. Reduce or Omit Meat and Dairy
Why I Became Vegetarian
The dance studio was situated in a courtyard shared with the back entrance of a butcher’s shop. Every morning a large van delivered huge carcasses which were weighed outside in the yard. The legs of beef that were hanging from the scales seemed much larger than the leg of any cow I had ever seen in a field. Is the meat enhanced with growth hormones or steroids? I wondered.
Flies were zooming to and fro from the garbage cans to the meat, happily gorging themselves on fresh blood. Stray dogs, cats and birds would negotiate any spare bones and leave their excretions behind. It wasn't long after moving in that we called in the health inspector who got the yard cleaned up. On the up side, the nasty experience was going to teach me the biggest lesson in my life.
Our Fatties Class
On Tuesday nights I taught a fitness class for our more weighty clients. Some of their thighs were so large, they strongly resembled the legs of the beef I had seen hanging from the butcher's scale. Some of the women's thighs were so fat, they were rubbing together, causing soreness and impaired walking.
When I questioned our heavier clients about their diets my hunch was confirmed. They all turned out to be regular meat-eaters, some of them eating meat with every meal (that's, three times a day!). Are the weight enhancing agents being transmitted to the consumer? Watch the next video to find out the bitter truth about the meat industry. We are what we eat from what they eat (the ones we eat).
Advantages of a Vegan Diet
The positive side of this nasty story is that once I stopped eating meat I discovered a wealth of new tastes. I now spend a lot less time cooking and have gained better skin, hair, nails and teeth in the bargain. So if you are determined to lose weight fast, say good bye to meat. After a few weeks you won’t even like it any more. Cooked meat will look to you like rubber and taste like wet cardboard that stays stuck in your teeth. You don’t need meat, you are meat.
If you think it inconceivable to survive without meat, eat it only occasionally and not more than twice a week and make sure you know where the meat comes from and how it is produced.
How much Meat Do YOU Eat?
How Long Will it Take?
Using these four steps, it only took me a few weeks to notice a difference. This is how I did it:
Week One – Skip Breakfast
Had a drink of fruit or vegetable juice instead of breakfast to help get rid of the previous day’s gastronomic abuse. I drank water throughout the day. By lunchtime, provided I had by then been to the bathroom, I ate myself to the full. Ditto for dinner time. By the third day or so, my stomach size had already shrunk slightly from skipping breakfast and from being allowed to have had a rest for a few hours in the morning. I did this for two weeks.
Weaning the Stomach
This is what I learned:The stomach is a bit like a child: give it something and it will want more until it is full. If you don’t start eating first thing in the morning, when your stomach is half asleep, when your digestive system has not even had time to empty its contents, your stomach doesn't really want any food. Not having been active since the big dinner you gulped down last night, the energy gained from that dinner has not yet been used. You might be in the habit of eating first thing in the morning, but as you will notice, and contrary to common beliefs, your body does not need any food at this early hour.
Week Three – Breakfast and Lunch
Once successful with skipping breakfast (it might take you longer than two weeks, you might fail and have to start again at the beginning) I went on and skipped lunch. Now I got into the routine of doing something I enjoyed other than eating; like walking, or sleeping, or reading, or going to the hairdresser or library, clothes shopping, or whatever took my fancy and distracted me from eating. By dinner time I ate myself to the full without eating animal products.
After the third week my stomach size had shrunk even more from skipping breakfast and lunch. Now I required smaller portions to fill me up at evening meals. I kept this up for two weeks. By now I began to feel the benefits of shrinking the size of my stomach.
Benefits of Shrinking Stomach Size
- Feel more comfortable in your body
- No more hemorrhoids and stool blockages
- Feel less bloated
- Have more energy
- Move better, be fit, strong
- More time to do the things you enjoy doing other than cooking and eating
- Save money to go to the movies, or buy some more essential oils for your bath pampering sessions.
- Fit into nice looking clothes
- Look and feel better
- Be proud of your achievement
- Be in a good mood because your body is happier and more active
After the fourth week my digestive system is functioning normally. How do I know this? I no longer feel bloated or hungry all day long. Plus, elimination takes place regularly once a day in the morning shortly after I get up.
While my own experience and most research supports the benefits of eating only one or two meals a day, any diet plan comes with some risks for those with diabetes, heart conditions or low blood sugar hypoglycemia.
Such risks may include:
- becoming extremely hungry
- inability to concentrate
It is best to consult a doctor or dietitian on how to safely lose weight, particularly if a person has any underlying medical conditions.
OMAD (One Meal a Day) Diet
Another Common Objection
“But I’ll faint if I don’t eat all day.” Answer: Nonsense, if you eat real healthy food, one meal a day is sufficient for now. Besides, if you are overweight, you have enough fat reserves to keep you going for at least three weeks without any food at all. So stick to this method of shrinking stomach size for at least a month to enjoy its long lasting results.
How to Keep the Weight Down?
Once your stomach size has shrunk back to its normal size, you will be able to eat three meals a day again. Provided those meals consist of real unprocessed non-addictive food you will no longer be craving food all day because by now you are no longer starved of valuable nourishment. The portions will be normal and that is how you will keep the weight down for good, by giving your stomach a well deserved rest between meals.
Ode to the Digestive System
Think of a digestive system as an employee working every day for no pay, doing one of the most important jobs of keeping you alive. Do you ever give it a thought? No, it's taken for granted. Even when the digestive system is protesting with heart burns, bloating, desperately trying to tell you it isn't happy in its job, you ignore him.
All your digestive system wants is to be kept clean and given enough time to do his job properly. So why not show some responsibility and respect for this hardworking employee in the tower block of your body?
To Sum Up
Weight control by shrinking stomach size naturally is a fun and easy way to lose weight because you are tricking your stomach into reducing its size by using its own nature:
- In the morning the digestive system can only absorb food after it's had a good clean out.
- Take that evening meal as close as possible to bedtime. And don’t believe the myth that it's bad for you to go to sleep on a full stomach. This is only the case if your stomach is overfilled to the brim with food that is
- over priced
plus a good dose of alcohol.
So provided you stay clear of the poisons and own up to your digestive system's two humble desires:
- to be kept clean
- be given enough time to do its job properly
then you will succeed on your journey to shrinking the size of your stomach.
Good luck and please feel free to share your thoughts or ask a question in the discussion below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.