According to a new study, one of the core benefits of eating slowly is weight loss. Trouble is, what if you're just a fast eater? Are the stats convincing enough for you to slow down? Well, let's get to those straight away, shall we? The study, which was released by researchers in Japan, analyzed data from 59,717 diabetic patients during their visits to a primary care doctor. The participants weighed and measured, followed by a series of questions. They were asked about their eating habits, medication use, sleeping habits, and smoking habits. More specifically, they were asked what time they ate dinner, If they snacked after dinner and if they skipped breakfast.
Despite the fact that the participants had diabetes, researchers are confident that the results prove eating slower results in a lower BMI, “Changes in eating speed can affect changes in obesity, BMI and waist circumference,” a research duo from Japan’s Kyushu University wrote in the journal BMJ Open, as per the New York Post.
Subsequently, we were most impressed (read: convinced) to see that the results showed the slow-eating group had a smaller average waist circumference, a mean BMI of 22.3 and fewer obese individuals. Looks like the researchers aren't bluffing, guys. Maybe we can go ahead and stop following all those crazy weight loss hacks now!
Now, as with any study, there are a lot of variables to contend with. That said, we've been told to slow down while eating our entire lives. Generally, it's been under the guise of getting "more enjoyment" out of the meal, but, hey! Maybe those people were onto something. If you can enjoy your meal and lose weight at the same time, why not?
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