A recent study has suggested that chewing food slowly can cut the risk of obesity by a third. Apparently, people who ate their meals at a "normal" rate were 29 per cent less likely to be dangerously fat than those who "wolfed down their mosh". Those who ate slowest cut their rate by 42 per cent.
The reason, say researchers, is it takes about 20 minutes for our gut to tell our brain we are full - putting those who ate quickly at the greatest risk of overeating. The study also suggested that rushed workers who gobble down snacks and sandwiches at lunch are fuelling the obesity epidemic.
Researchers at Japan's Kyushu University studied 60000 diabetics over six years, getting them to record whether they ate quickly, slowly or at normal speed. Those who consumed their food slowly lost a sixth of an inch from their waistline compared with the fastest eaters.
HMHB promotes healthy nutrition, and that involves not just what you eat, but also how you eat - even things like portion size is important. Lunch is a dangerous meal. It is often taken when you are not at home, and therefore can be processed food, or eaten quickly. Try and prepare in advance, and make suitable time to not only eat but also digest your meal. Eat with others. Conversation can help slow down your eating. Also drinking water can help make you feel fuller.