Slow Eating Aids Weight Loss

15 February, 2018, 02:38 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
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The latest study is not the first to suggest that taking a sedate pace at the dinner table could be beneficial: various pieces of work have hinted that those who eat quickly are more likely to be overweight, have acid reflux and have metabolic syndrome. According to the researchers from Kyushu University in Japan, chewing slowly and refraining from eating for two hours before bedtime may help cut down on weight. During regular health check-ups, participants were quizzed about their lifestyle and were specifically asked about their eating speed, as well as whether they did any of the following three or more times a week: eat dinner within two hours of going to sleep, snack after dinner, and skip breakfast.

The claims data included information on the dates of consultations and treatments, while the check-ups included measurements of weight and waist circumference, and the results of tests for blood chemistry, urine, and liver function.

Simon Cork of Imperial College London, who was not involved in the study, commented on the findings, saying that they "confirm what we already believe, that eating slowly is associated with less weight gain than eating quickly".

The team also noted changes in eating speed over the six years, with more than half the trial group reporting an adjustment in one direction or the other.




A study of 60,000 people found those who ate slowly were 42 per cent less likely to be overweight than fast eaters.

A recent study published in The Lancet medical journal reported that nearly a third of Irish children are now overweight and the country ranks 58th out of 200 countries for its proportion of overweight youths. But skipping breakfast wasn't. Similarly, eating slower was associated with reduced body mass index and waist circumference in a fixed-effects model. "Intervening to reduce how fast one eats can be effective in preventing obesity", they said. "Practices that impose some mindfulness and discipline on eating may help with both losing weight and staying healthy", Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Conn., who had no part in the study, told Health Day. There was also no data on how much participants ate, or whether they exercised or not. By contrast, around 30% of the people who ate at a normal speed and 45% of fast-eaters had the condition.

Using a generalized estimating equation model, the researchers found that eating slower inhibited the development of obesity.

Tam Fry, chairman of the UK's National Obesity Forum, supported the study's findings, telling the Guardian: "The speed at which a lot of people wolf down their food is undeniably a contributor to obesity". Fast eaters may also continue to scarf down food even after they've consumed adequate calories, the study authors write in their paper, whereas slow eaters might feel full on less food overall. Next time you consider a weight loss program make sure your brain doesn't hold you back.

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