Does Eating Slow Help In Weight Loss ?

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Happiee Monday, especially to Corporates πŸ˜› . How are you doing ? How was your weekend ? My weekend was full of surprises, will keep you posted πŸ˜‰

I have always been badnaam about eating slow. I always find myself in an embarassing situation where people look at my plate to check how much is left since they were done eating ages ago πŸ™

Does Eating Slowly Helps To Lose Weight

Its not that I eat slow since it brings some benefits. Or it does ? I have been eating slow since childhood when I did not know if eating slow brings weight loss, so its a habit, a bad one(for others) !

I get bashed from everyone – family , friends and colleagues for eating slow. Some of
my dear ones have given up on me, they get up when they finish( read I allow them :P) and I continue with my meal :D.

I eat slow for a few reasons –

  • I like to chew a lot. I just can’t gulp food down my throat.

  • If I am watching TV(only weekeds ), I forget that I was eating πŸ˜› . Terms and conditions apply, TV show must be interesting for best results πŸ˜‰

  • Lastly , for me eating is a pleasure. I am a foodie, every bite of my food makes me feel alive.. up and breathing !

I came across a few articles accross web while searching for the question –

Does Eating Slow Help In Weight Loss ?

I read a lot of studies that linked eating slowly to weight loss but I could not found any data asscociated with it. Finally I found some interesting facts –

  • Eating slower cause you to eat lesser. When you eat slow, you concentrate on your food… you enjoy your meal. This helps you eat 150-200 less calories than your normal intake.

  • You don’t overeat when you eat slow. The stomach and brain needs sometime to communicate till brains receives a message that stomach is full. No more ! When you eat quickly, you go by meal portions that you normally eat and finish up without realizing that you could be less hungry. After gulping your food down your throat, you realize you have overeaten ! Damage is done !

  • The longer period of chewing releases a chemical in the brain which makes you feel more satiated.

  • Eating slow helps in better digestion which curbs bloating.

  • Eating slow will prevent you to binge unhealthy since your brain will tell you, you just had a full meal !

A research from University of Rhode Island studied the effects of eating speed by experiments on a few people. This research came out with a confirmation that the people who ate fast, ate about 650 calories per meal. People who ate slow, ate 580 calories per meal.

The difference here is 70 calories. If you assume that you eat 3 main meals a day , you are actually eating 70*3 = 210 lesser calories in a day ! Do the math for a week, month and 1 year, you will know !

Ideally, your calorie intake will drop far more than 210 calories if you are a careful eater. I am referring to mid meals and light dinner. If you eat every two hours or snack in between your meals, you will never eat 580 calories in teh first place. Second, if you are a health freak, your dinner will certainly be lighter than 580 calories !

The same research also found that people who ate fast tend to drink less water than those who eat slower. People who ate fast, drank 290g of water on average while slower eaters drank up to 410g water! Weight watchers, if you don’t know how to effectively drink water, read here.

So ,take time to Thank God for his blessings andΒ Β enjoy your meals ! Not everyone is fortunate like us to get 3 meals a day in our plates.

God Bless Everyone !

Love

Tarun

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Firstly, Mondays are never happy πŸ˜€
    Coming to the post, I’m the one who is always waiting for my friends to complete their meal!! I eat so fast, people always ask me to eat slow!!
    After knowing the benefits of eating slow, i did increase my eating time but i feel more hungry when i eat slow :/.. Any idea why?

    • I think you are used to that full feeling that we get when we overeat. When you eat slow, you will eat less , probably that’s why you feel hungry. You can indulge again if you are not satiated, that’s ok. Try eating slow, you will get used to it.

  2. Happy Monday!! Tarun a lovely post…. πŸ™‚ I loved the last line when u said we all are lucky to have 3 meals a day and should thank God for that. πŸ˜€

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