Losing Your Gut

Weight increases when there is an imbalance in food intake, metabolism and food excretion. Traditional Chinese Medicine measures the digestion process in three chunks of activities done in eight hours each. The first eight hours is the intake of food. This is where breakfast, lunch, dinner and other snack in between come in. The second eight hours is allotted for digesting the food that was taken in during the first eight hours. The third eight hours is given to the process of excretion.

Explaining this further, while the body is sleeping for eight hours, the digestive system is into an excretion process. So, when everything is normal, when one wakes up in the morning, the body is ready to excrete all the waste material accumulated the day before. On the same take on timing, if you happen to eat dinner by 9pm and hit the bed by 10pm, maybe all your organs are beginning to go into sleep mode but not your stomach who’s still grinding your dinner taken just an hour ago. This complicated Chinese explanation on the stomach and digestion brings to light the responsibility of person towards his body. This is why you should eat your meal 6 times a day as suggested by many famous weight loss companies like weightwatchers and jenny craig diet.

A further explanation of the Chinese dieticians delves into the anatomy of the stomach. The stomach of an adult is as big as a liter of water can hold. But the stomach is elastic. Depending on how much is eaten, it can get a as big as four liters of water can hold.

Now, the time it takes for the brain to get messages from the stomach if it’s full or hungry is 20 minutes. This means, if the brain realizes that it’s full, the person has been full for the past 20 minutes and maybe took in more food during those 20 minutes it took for the stomach message to arrive the brain. Unfortunately because food is just as delectable and nice, people still put in a morsel or two just to satisfy a little gluttony.

If by any chance, the next meal is so near that there’s still morsels of food to digest left from the last meal, the stomach will have to accommodate two things which will be the morsels from the last meal and the new meal coming in. If this cycle continues to happen, the stomach will expand and expand. Sooner than later, an overeating person will have a bigger belly compared to person who just eats the right amount of food on time, at a good pace.

After all the gorging on food, upsize cola consumed and sweets taken by the tubs, results can be devastating both internally and externally. Good thing, there’s the process of weight loss when reality bites. Keeping food intake to an eight hour spread will help the stomach do its other jobs such as digestion and excretion.

A person who comes from over eating can’t just merely reduce eating right away. Small frequent feeding can be incorporated into his weight loss program to arrest gorging. People who skip meals think that it’s helping them. They would just gorge at one meal a day and remain hungry for the rest of the day. Hunger is not a good feeling. The stomach will remember this hunger and when food intake happens, the stomach will force itself to gorge and sort of stock up supplies. The stomach is full of acid and if after digesting food, the next to digest is the stomach lining unless there’s a new batch of food on the way. With small frequent feeding, the stomach can go to a normal pace of food intake, digestion and excretion.

Imagine if one could put his stomach to receiving one liter of food per mealtime again. He would have gained 3 kilos of weight loss if he managed to bloat his stomach to hold 4 kilos. That’s instant weight loss for you!

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