Saturday, March 6

Want to Lose the Flab? Eat Slower (Studies Suggest)

We can all think of times when we have been super busy and have almost ‘inhaled’ our lunch or dinner without even really tasting it… But can eating quickly lead to potential weight gain?

If you are of a certain age, perhaps your parents told you to eat slowly. They may have said that it is better for your digestion but if you were one of many poorer families, it also had to do with feeling fuller on less food.

Maybe there was something to these old wives tales after all… two studies from the University of Rhode Island found that generally men eat faster than women and heavier people tend to eat faster than slimmer people. Kathleen Melanson, URI associate professor of nutrition, stated that there were very strong gender differences with regard to eating speeds. At lunchtime, men consumed approximately 80 calories per minute, while the women consumed approximately 52 calories in the same time “The men who reported eating slowly ate at about the same rate as the women who reported eating quickly,” said Melanson. The second study focussed on characteristics associated with eating speeds and found that there is a close association with individuals who eat quickly having a higher BMI, compared to those persons who eat more slowly. “One theory we are pursuing is that fast eating may be related to greater energy needs, since men and heavier people have higher energy needs,” said Melanson. The study also found that test subjects ate 먹튀검증 a meal which contained whole grains significantly slower than eating a similar meal of refined grains, “Whole grains are more fibrous, so you have to chew them more, which takes more time.” She also adds “It takes time for your body to process fullness signals,” she concluded, “so slower eating may allow time for fullness to register in the brain before you’ve eaten too much.” These results could suggest that there is a link between eating speed and obesity, but studies are still being conducted on this link therefore conclusive results are not readily available.

Some of the other benefits for eating slowly is that you taste your food more, which over time, may lead to you buying healthier food options. Most factory processed foods are designed to only taste good for the first 2 or 3 bites, after this, your taste buds tend to ‘kick in’ and the processed food tends to become less appetising with every bite, if you are more aware of the taste of your food, instead of just gobbling it down because you are in a hurry, you are more likely to eat more healthy foods which in-turn may help you lose weight.

Studies also show that eating slowly helps to improve your digestion. This is because eating slowly gives the stomach more time to start breaking down the food. When you send an entire meal to your stomach within 5 minutes, you are more likely to suffer from indigestion. If, however, you take about 20 minutes to eat the same amount of food, your body has time to break down the food into manageable pieces so that it is easier on your digestive process.

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