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How does restrictive weight loss surgery keep me from overeating?

A restrictive procedure works by limiting how much food your stomach can hold. For example, the normal stomach can hold up to 6 cups of food but a stomach that has had a gastric sleeve can only hold about a quarter of a cup. If you try to overeat, you will get an uncomfortably full feeling and may even throw up. 
Restrictive weight loss surgery keeps you from overeating by reducing your hunger level. For example, the sleeve gastrectomy procedure has been found to reduce the hunger hormone "ghrelin" with a resultant effect of reducing hunger levels after surgery.

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