Eating Slowly is a Factor in Weight Loss
An often overlooked factor by those trying to lose weight is how they eat. Yes, this is an actual factor based on recent studies. It’s not just what you eat but how fast you eat that also contributes to weight gain.
A recent study has just shown that eating your meals slowly can help you lose weight fast and can leave you feeling full compared to eating the same amount but at a rapid pace.
Can Eating Too Quickly Cause you to Gain Weight Faster?
There is a recent study that showed evidence of fast eaters being more overweight and having a higher chance of being obese. The study showed that quick eaters actually had a 115% more chance of being obese compared to slow eaters.
The study had medical researchers survey thousands of middle aged men and women by asking them how fast they consume their meals. Most of the individuals who claimed they were fast eaters were significantly heavier than those who said they were not. Another study conducted that lasted for an 8-year period also showed the same results in that fast eaters more than doubled their weight compared to slow and medium-paced eaters.
Benefits of Eating at a Slow to Medium Pace
Whenever you start eating, your digestive system releases a hormone called ghrelin which controls your hunger. This hormone sends a message to your brain that signals when you’ve eaten enough. However, this process usually takes around 20 minutes to complete, so eating at a slow and steady pace can allow your brain to get the signals.
Eating slowly can Help Satiate Hunger
Eating at a slower pace can actually make you feel fuller. A study showed how two groups of people eating at varying speeds led to one group (fast eaters) still feeling hungry after eating the same amount of food as the other group (slow eaters) ate. The second group was already full while the first group still felt they could eat another serving.
The bottom line of these studies showed that eating at a slow pace can give the digestive hormone enough time to send the signal to the brain that you are full. This will result in lower food intake which means lower calorie intake.
You Can Thoroughly Chew Your Food
There have been several studies correlating slow eating with calorie intake. Chewing your food thoroughly has shown to lead to fewer calories consumed. A survey conducted showed that most of the individuals who have weight problems tend to chew their food less. This can also be linked to the fact that food that is chewed thoroughly can easily be broken down in the digestive system compared to food that was chewed quickly and less thoroughly.
Sometimes it is the little things that actually make the bigger difference when it comes to results. Chewing your food thoroughly and eating at a slow, steady pace can lead to faster weight loss. This has been proven in recent studies and for those having difficulty losing weight, this might be the reason for their troubles.
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James Yougler is a blogger, writer, and content creator at Consumer Review. James’s last post was a review of Research Verified.