I also believe I may have stretched my stomach. I lost weight and gained some back. Being totally honest, I went thru a lot of stress, you name it, I was experiencing it. I'm not making any excuses for my lack of control and I paid for my surgery out of my pocket. I've gained about 15 lbs back and all in my stomach. I'm in my mid forties and muffin top is not a good look at any age. MY QUESTION TO ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE THE ANSWER, HOW DO YOU KNOW FOR CERTAIN YOU HAVE STRETCHED UR STOMACH. I can eat almost a whole sandwhich and I've been doing all the things I was told not to do. I realize if I want to be healthy I have to take control again and get back to changing my eating habits again. Eating healthy can be expensive and I'm on a tight budget. I was thinking about havinge 2 protein shakes per day and a well balance meal for lunch instead of dinner. Any suggestions..... I need help and support.