I’ve been reading lately that since the stomach, when unstretched, is about the size of one’s fist, a fist-size portion of food should be enough to make anyone feel full.
Tonight I had at least two fists full of food, even if you consider them all mashed up (half a cheese sandwich, pasta salad, 1/2 c. ice cream) and I feel like pure dirt about myself. I absolutely hate myself right now. But I did not feel satisfied with just the one-fist size portion.
I’ve been having a rough go of this intuitive eating thing for the past couple of days – setting myself up to feel deprivation, mentally counting calories even though I keep telling myself to stop, staring at my gigantic abdomen with disgust, that one weigh-in (still haven’t gotten over that), thinking that I will ALWAYS be enormous because I will NEVER be able to eat the comparatively dainty portions I’m sure I should be eating.
And now there’s this whole fist thing.
What do you think? Sound off! If you’re a normal-weight person, do you usually eat about a fist size of food (one cup-ish) per meal and feel satisfied? If you’re not a normal-weight person, what are your thoughts – have you ever been satisfied on this quantity of food?
I’m trying to find more actual data – after all, if the stomach stretches, there must be a reason, mustn’t there? – and I’ll update if I find out anything new.