Eating slowly will help you keep the weight off, says study

By on February 14, 2018


Eating slowly will help you keep the weight off, says study

Eating slowly will help you keep the weight off, says study

Eliza Cracknell bodyandsoul.com.au

New research shows that savouring every mouthful of food could be the key to keeping you slim.

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The key to weight loss could be slowing down and enjoying your food, a new study claims.

A study of 60,000 people, published in the journal BMJ Open, discovered that those who ate slowly were 42 per cent less likely to be overweight than fast eaters.

What’s more, researchers also found eating evening meals at least two hours before going to bed three times a week cut the risk of being overweight by 10 per cent.

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To get these results, experts, from the Kyushu University in Japan, tracked participants over six years with 22,070 of the participants routinely scoffing food down quickly, 33,455 eating at a normal speed and 4,192 classing themselves as slow eaters.

They believe that fast eaters weigh in higher than their slow counterparts as it takes around 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message is the stomach is full. Therefore fast eaters would have gobbled down their food well after they have had enough.

“Fast eaters may continue to eat until they feel full despite having already consumed an adequate amount of calories, and the combined effect of eating quickly and overeating may contribute to weight gain,” the researchers wrote.

“In contrast, eating slowly may help to increase feelings of satiety before an excessive amount of food is ingested.”

Interestingly, skipping breakfast does nothing to decrease weight. Experts believe the body’s metabolism slows down towards the end of the day, so eating too late means calories are not burned off.

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