If you rush through your meals, you may just be paving way for unwanted weight gain. A new study ­suggests that eating your meals more slowly may help you consume fewer calories.
Published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the research looked at two groups of 30 people — one with normal weight while the second with overweight or obese volunteers. Both groups were given the same meal and told to eat it as if they had plenty of time, taking small bites and chewing well.
Then, they were given the same meal but told to eat it as if they were short on time, to take larger bites and swallow quickly. It was found that both groups ate less food and fewer calories when they slowed down.
Both groups also reported feeling fuller for longer after eating slowly and were less tempted to snack an hour after eating.