“How in the world can I experience healthy weight loss by eating slower?” you just asked yourself. Right? If you didn’t maybe you should have. In this article I will tell you how this works and tell you how this can benefit you health wise and weight loss wise.
Believe it or not you can lose weight, get healthy and stay that way, by following this fat shedding advice. It is literally one of the best pieces of advice I can give you. And it is something you can start today! Drum roll please! Eat your food more slowly. It can take your brain as much as 20 minutes or more to process that you are full.
Hunger actually happens in your brain, not your stomach. When it is full, your stomach sends a signal to your brain to stop eating. However, it takes time for that signal to get to your brain. Meanwhile, you are continuing to plow food into your body, before that signal reaches your brain.
The Chinese have a saying “eat until you are two thirds full.” This is good advice because even after you stop eating, you will continue to feel more full as the brain processes the food you have eaten. In fact, studies have shown that people routinely eat 100 to 200 more calories than they need each sitting just because they don’t stop when they ought to. So, slowing down your food consumption will actually allow your brain to process the signals that you are getting full.
People who eat slower tend to weigh less in general.
In one study, women were monitored at two meals. In the first meal, they were given a large plate of pasta and told to eat quickly. In the second meal, they were told to chew each bite at least 20 times. In the first meal, they ate an average of 646 calories in 9 minutes. In the second meal, they ate 579 calories in 29 minutes before they felt full.
In addition to losing weight, when you eat food slowly, you will enjoy it more. You can eat a small amount of an indulgent food rather than a big hunk of cake. But, you will experience a higher level of satisfaction with the smaller amount.
You will also be better able to digest your food. Digestion starts in the mouth. The more work you do there, the less work you will have to do in the stomach. Paying attention to your eating can also reduce the amount of stress in your life. Meal time will become a time of relaxation and rejuvenation rather than one more harried activity in the day.