Does eating slowly make you eat less?
Yes. Slower eating gives more time for the “fullness” feeling to kick in.
While the link between eating rate and obesity is still being studied, Melanson said that her research has demonstrated that eating slowly results in significantly fewer average calories being consumed.
“It takes time for your body to process fullness signals,” she concluded, “so slower eating may allow time for fullness to register in the brain before you’ve eaten too much.”
The latest research follows up on a landmark 2007 study conducted by Melanson that was the first to confirm the popular dietary belief that eating slowly reduces food intake. That study found that women who were told to eat quickly consumed 646 calories in nine minutes, but the same women consumed just 579 calories in 29 minutes when encouraged to pause between bites and chew each mouthful 15 to 20 times before swallowing.
If this interests you definitely check out Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.
It’s by Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University and has many similar insights and tips.
Join over 135,000 readers. Get a free weekly update via email here.