The speed at which you eat can have a direct relationship not only on your overall health but clinical studies also relate fast eating to being overweight. That is right, numerous studies point to the fact that those that gulp down their food and don’t chew enough are far more likely to: consume more calories, derive less nutritional value from their food and gain weight more rapidly than slow-eaters.
The basic action behind this relationship is found in how our bodies tell us when to stop eating–through the release of substances that suppress the hormone Ghrelin (that is a hormone that increases hunger). When your body needs food, it creates hormones that make you hungry and your appetite increases. As you eat, your body starts to create different substances that tell you that you are full and to stop eating.
It is a simple stop-and-go mechanism our body uses to control how much that we eat.
Simple enough, but the process takes time (usually about 20-30 minutes). So, if you are a rapid eater then you will obviously consume a lot more food (and calories) before your body catches up to tell you to stop. But slower eaters get the message and put down their forks and spoons before overeating.
Get the idea of two teams filling up a wheelbarrow with dirt. They both have 20-minutes and the same sized shovel. One team takes its time, moving slow, and fills up the wheelbarrow just to the top. The other team shovels much faster and at the 20-minute mark the wheelbarrow is heaped high and overflowing.
And so, over time, it is easy to see how fast eaters pack in more calories and pack on more pounds.
And while optimal body weight is one key factor in creating good health, there are other health benefits to slower eating.
While there are a number of steps you could take, let’s keep it simple with just two steps to start.
And while weight loss results can vary, there are so many other factors involved, one thing is for sure… you will certainly enjoy your meals more and feel more relaxed as a result.
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