Does your stomach actually shrink if you eat less? This is something that has been bouncing around in my head for the past couple of days since I have been experiencing a slight decrease in my desire to eat. I know that I have heard this belief repeated like folklore again and again, but I have never heard any science to back up the claim.
I investigated online and found a wide array of conflicting information. Some say that the statement is true while others claim that it is no more than a myth. The thing is though, most have no data to back up their assertions.
The viewpoint that seems to offer a sliver of credibility came from the few who expressed a somewhat middle ground way of thinking. According to the information I was able to piece together, since the stomach is an organ it is unlikely to actually shrink, although is is able to stretch if someone consumes enough food on a very regular basis. What it does do is expand and contract depending on the amount of food that is in it.
The proponents of this argument further suggest that it is simply more of a matter of getting used to a lowered food intake that people who switch to smaller portions seem to be experiencing when they report feeling less hungry. Basically, the habit of eating less results in the trigger that signals that full feeling going off sooner.
Does anyone have any further insight into this topic? I am just going off of what I was able to find on the world wide web and may very well be incorrect. I would welcome any contributions to my conclusions, whether they confirm or contradict.