Eating slowly DOES help you lose weight !!!!
Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow swear by it – and now researchers have proven that chewing food properly does help us eat less at the dinner table.
A study has found that eating slowly and having smaller bites makes us feel less hungry an hour afterwards than if we wolf down food.
People who ate slowly also drank more, which helped them feel fuller, the researchers said.
Researchers from Texas Christian University explored the relationship between eating speed and calorie intake by looking at how eating speed affects calories consumed during a meal.
They also questioned the volunteers on their feelings of hunger and fullness before and after the fast-paced and slow-paced meals and how much water they drank during each of them.
During the slow-paced meal, people were instructed to imagine they had no time constraints, take small bites, chew thoroughly, and pause and put the spoon down between bites.
For the the hastily-eaten meal, they were told to imagine they were in a rush, take large bites, chew quickly, and not to pause and put the spoon down.
The researchers found that people who ate slowly ate, on average, 88 fewer calories than the fast eaters.
Overweight people, however, ate only 58 fewer calories on average.
Professor Meena Shah said: ‘Slowing the speed of eating led to a significant reduction in energy intake in the normal-weight group, but not in the overweight or obese group.’