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Benefits and Effects of Eating Slowly

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Benefits and Effects of Eating Slowly

Improving your dietary habits can help you stay healthier for longer, eating slowly is a perfect example of you can start to change your eating habits.

At one time or another, all of us have stuffed our faces so full of food that afterwards we literally felt sick. Overeating can lead to obesity and consuming your food too fast is a sure way to begin increasing your body’s want for food.

5 Reasons To Eat Slowly
Simply eating slowly greatly helps your eating habits and is a perfect place to start if you’re thinking about going on a diet.

5 Reasons To Eat Slowly

  1. Portion control & Overeating prevention – When you eat slowly it is harder to overeat. Eating slowly decreases the desire to eat, so you’ll begin to feel full before your plate is finished. It is suggested that it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to produce the hormones telling your brain that you are full.
  2. Weight control benefits – Eating slowly reduces the risk of becoming overweight. Recently Japanese researches found strong positive correlation between higher eating speed and obesity.
  3. Better Digestion – Eating slowly and chewing properly improves your digestion. It is well known that digestion begins in the mouth. The more we chew our foods, the easier it is to digest them.
  4. Heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux) – Eating food quickly can cause a type of indigestion called gastroesophageal reflux, eating slowly will reduce the risk of heartburn.
  5. Taste and enjoy your food – Savoring the food you eat will make your dinning experience much more enjoyable. When we eat slowly our sense of taste and smell can process more flavors, textures and smells of the food.

A couple of good tips to begin eating your food slowly include:

  • Chew your food slowly and thoroughly, taking a short pause between mouthfuls.
  • Take a short break during your meal, before finishing your food, focus your attention on another activity like reading a newspaper. Once you return to your food after 5-10 minutes you probably won’t want to continue.

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