From the swirling unhappy tummy after a night of excessive alcohol consumption and the feelings of fullness after eating a lot of food, to the hard times zipping up your favorite jeans, these all are inconveniences and health issues that one can be concerned about. How much do you really know about your stomach?!
Shrinking Doesn’t Happen
People often say that if you eat less than you normally do, the stomach can get smaller. Is this true? Absolutely not! Only one method can physically shrink it which is through surgical operations. Usually, it increases in order to hold the food mass subsequently it goes back to its original size. When it becomes adult size, it remains exactly the same unless you choose to reduce it surgically.
Stomach Size v/s Body Size
Surprisingly, there is no link between stomach and weight. A naturally slim individual can have the same stomach size or even larger just as a heavy person.
Stomach Is Really Smart
The stomach’s brain knows exactly how to handle each and every piece of food on its own; whether it is meat, alcohol or even gum. The belly can pretty much handle anything you throw into it.
You hear this over and over again: “Don’t have a heavy meal at night”. Well, food intake before bedtime can cause heartburn, indigestion and swelling, however, it has nothing to do with the stomach size. Weight gain or loss doesn’t count on stomach clock yet it relies mostly on the amount of calories you consume versus the calories burnt.
Digestion Doesn’t Occur Inside the Stomach
The lower intestine is in charge of the process of food digestion. Actually, the stomach is similar to a “mixing machine”. Food goes into the stomach where it is combined with enzymes and acids. This is called chime, which enters the lower intestine to be processed into fat, energy or waste!
Invisible Fat Busted
As a matter of fact, stomach is an organ like any other organ in the body. When you work out, the size of the organ is not affected. Unfortunately, most people are aware of the visible fat in the body while ignoring the invisible fat found on surfaces of the organs including stomach. Next time if you’re doing the sit-ups and the crunches, just remember that you can certainly lose fat.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha
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