Why Eating Slowly Is Better Than Eating Fast

Do you gobble down a lot of food and feel hungry soon after that? Surprisingly, even though you have consumed much more calories than you require, you are not satisfied because you ate really fast. Eating fast will certainly save you some time but what about its effect on your well being?

Some studies suggest that the speed with which you eat doesn’t affect your weight if you have a staggered meal consumption.1 Results from other studies showed that eating fast and eating until full, tripled the risk of becoming overweight.2 In addition to watching what you eat, keep a check on how fast or slow you are eating.

Why
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You Shouldn’t Eat Fast

Why you shouldn’t eat fast

Eating fast is associated with weight gain. When you goggle food like a zombie, you’re not giving your brain enough time to process the quantity you have eaten and tell you when to stop. You will naturally end up eating much more than your body requires. It takes the body a full 20 minutes to register satiety so if you clean up your plate in 10 minutes, your brain is still catching up with your belly’s status.

While some fast eaters may not gain weight, they are at the risk of indigestion and acid reflux.3 Fast eating often means you are not giving your teeth time to chew and break down the food, leaving your poor digestive system with a lot to do. So along with the problem of excess food, digestion also suffers.

Reasons
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To Eat Slowly

For most of us, eating fast is not a natural thing but with added distractions and the lower priority that we give our meal times, eating is relegated to a daily chore. To know what you are eating and how yummy it tastes, you need to be focused on the food. Here are 3 reasons why eating slowly is good for your health.

1. Increased Satiety

Eating slowly increasing satiety

While you savor the food by eating slowly, you also give your body time to realize that you are full. This way, you are not loading yourself with calories. To maintain a healthy weight, not only is it important to eat the right food but also keep in mind how much you are eating.

Also, eating slowly rules out the chances of cravings between meals as you stay full for longer, thereby preventing weight gain.4 It also reduces the amount of food you eat and is a great way to control your appetite.5

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Improved Digestion

Eating slowly improves digestion

Eating slowly supports the digestion process. Unlike fast eaters, slow eaters tend to chew their food well. When the food is broken down into smaller bites, it is easier for the body to process and digest it. Chewing the food slowly is also linked to better absorption of nutrients.

Increasing the number of times you chew your food before swallowing can reduce your food consumption, in turn helping you lose weight.6

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Increased Hydration

Eating slowly increases water intake

To drink water between meals or not? Well, there are people on both sides of the fence on that one. People who eat slowly tend to drink more water as they eat. This not only increases your water intake but is also known to improve satiety and reduce food consumption.7

On the days when you are in a rush, have smaller meals at regular intervals, but the key mantra is to have it slowly. This way, you are satisfying your hunger and not wasting time.8 Starving yourself between meals will make you more hungry and promote fast eating. So keep foods handy or drink a glass of water to avoid cravings.

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