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Your Body On Eating Too Much

Perhaps the real magic of a long weekend is its ability to render rational humans incapable of stopping at just one helping at a leisurely brunch. But what are all those extra mouthfuls actually doing to your body?

Florence Mitchell

YOUR WEIGHT

Overindulgence got you looking – and feeling – a bit rounder? The ballooning waistline is likely temporary. “The average adult stomach can hold two litres of food, but can expand by up to four times its size,” says Dr Megan Rossi. “Food leaves your stomach after two hours, but a big meal can take up to four to move into your small intestine.”

YOUR HORMONES

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