A previous study, by experts at North Carolina State University in the USA, found "mindful eating" - savouring every mouthful, concentrating on flavour and "eating with purpose" - helped people lose six times as much weight as other slimmers.
They continue that "eating slowly may help to increase feelings of satiety before an excessive amount of food is ingested" - that is, it gives your body time to register that you've eaten something.
During their health checks participants were asked about the speed they ate food, fast, normal or slow, and other food habits including whether they snacked after dinner and skipped breakfast. For example, people who practice eating late at night could risk having metabolic syndrome and obesity, while people who eat several hours before they go to sleep don't as much. The study indicates that the eating speed is also an important factor affecting on the weight of a person.
The study is observational, meaning it only observes a link between eating habits and weight gain without directly proving one causes the other. Compared to fast eaters, the odds ratio for being obese was 0.58 for slow eaters and 0.71 for normal-speed eaters.
The World Health Organization considers someone with a BMI of 25 to be overweight and 30 or higher to be obese. This is possibly because it may take longer for fast eaters to feel full, whereas this might happen more quickly for slow eaters, helping to curb their calorie intake, the researchers suggested. The Finding was carried out by a Japanese research team which analyzed the effects of eating speed on obesity.
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Interestingly, skipping breakfast does nothing to decrease weight. The slow eaters had the lowest body mass indexes (BMIs) and waist circumferences - which indicates less visceral fat, the kind linked to disease.
The research also found that "changes in eating habits can affect obesity, BMI and waist circumference". If you are like most people, it's a hard journey to lose the excess pounds gained, but a new study has yielded that there are three small habits that can help. Compared to people who ate dinner within 2 hours of sleeping (at least 3 times a week), those who didn't were 10% less likely to be obese (OR 0.90, 95% CI 0.86 to 0.94).
If you're trying to lose weight, simply slowing down when you eat might make a difference.
By comparison, more than 44 per cent of the fast-eating group of 22,070 people, was obese, with a mean BMI of 25.
But, eating slowly may very well play a role in curbing obesity, said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Conn. 'Interventions aimed at reducing eating speed may be effective in preventing obesity and lowering the associated health risks'.