Three Eating Habits That Could Help You Lose Weight

Glen Mclaughlin
February 14, 2018

A previous study, by experts at North Carolina State University in the USA, found "mindful eating" - savouring every mouthful, concentrating on flavour and "eating with purpose" - helped people lose six times as much weight as other slimmers.

After taking account of potentially influential factors, the results showed that compared with those who tended to gobble up their food, those who ate at a normal speed were 29 percent less likely to be obese, rising to 42% for those who ate slowly.

"The main results indicated that decreases in eating speeds can lead to reductions in obesity and BMI", they found.

As part of the health checkup, participants were asked seven questions about their lifestyle, including whether their eating speed was fast, normal or slow, whether they snacked after dinner three times or more a week, and whether they skipped breakfast three times or more a week.

Their weight was assessed using their body mass index (BMI) score and their waist circumference was also measured.

Researchers in Japan found that people who said they ate slowly or at normal speed were less likely to be obese at the end of a 6-year study, than those who said they ate quickly. This includes not skipping breakfast and limiting evening snacks.

"Changes in eating habits can affect obesity, BMI, and waist circumference", the authors concluded. Changes in eating habits were strongly associated with lower obesity and weight, and smaller weight circumference.

A Japanese study released in 2014 that tracked the eating habits of girls over a three-year period also found evidence of a possible connection between eating speeds and weight gain or loss.

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"Eating slowly may help prevent obesity, say researchers", reports The Guardian.

Other studies have indicated that those who eat quickly are more likely to be overweight, have acid reflux and have metabolic syndrome.

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The study was carried out by researchers from Kyushu University in Japan, with funding from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. By contrast, around 30% of the people who ate at a normal speed and 45% of fast-eaters had the condition.

The study is observational, meaning it only observes a link between eating habits and weight gain without directly proving one causes the other. According to him, "it is probably due to the signals sent by the digestive system that communicates to the brain that we are satiated in time to limit the amount ingested". Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: "Eating more slowly means we tend..."

They believe that fast eaters weigh in higher than their slow counterparts as it takes around 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message is the stomach is full.

'They should stop what they're doing, switch off their phones and emails and preferably take a half hour away from the office altogether'.

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