Want to Lose Weight? Slow Down!

How quickly do you eat a meal? Do you shovel it down in 5 minutes, or make it last 20-30 minutes?  Have you ever thought that you could lose weight just by slowing down?

Your brain takes about 20 minutes to get the signal that food has entered your stomach, therefore, if you eat your sandwich at your desk in 5 minutes you’re probably looking for more food after.  However, if you try to slow down will feel more satisfied with the same amount of food.

Here are some tips for slowing down:

  • Put your utensil down between each bite and finish chewing each mouthful before taking another bite.
  • Try to focus on eating, rather than eating while doing another task.  If you eat while working, watching tv, or talking on the phone you probably aren’t enjoying your food to its fullest and do not feel satisfied after.
  • Drink water with your meal, and take sips between bites of food.
  • Try eating with chopsticks (and not just for asian food) – they will slow you down for sure!

How long do you take to eat your meals?  What do you do to slow down?

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One Response

  1. I have been reading your blog a while now. I don’t always comment but i have been following you as I find all of your posts very informative. I came across an article on NYTimes about baby fat and did a post about the article on my blog and linked back to couple of your posts on your blog…

    Here is the link to my post incase you are intrested in checking it out.
    http://www.nutritiousfoodie.com/2010/03/chubby-cheeks/

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