According to Zen Habits A growing number of studies confirm that just by eating slower, you’ll consume fewer calories — in fact, enough to lose 20 pounds a year without doing anything different or eating anything different. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that we’re full. If we eat fast, we can continue eating past the point where we’re full. If we eat slowly, we have time to realize we’re full, and stop on time.
Precision Nutrition says that eating quickly promotes weight gain and makes you feel out of control of your eating habits.
Dr. Mercola mentioned that as a culture, we chew less now than we used to because we’re eating fewer whole foods and raw foods. If you consume a whole foods diet and eliminate processed foods, you naturally have to do more of the processing yourself (e.g., chewing).
In terms of optimal number of chews, recommendations are all over the board. Most studies seem to top out at 40 chews per bite.
If you are a fast eater, it might be a good idea to slow down.
Check out the video below about healthy habits we can learn from Asian Countries including the use of chopsticks.
What’s your eating routine? Are you a slow or a fast eater? Please leave a comment!