Snack Slowly: Study Suggests Leisurely Eating Contributes to Weight Loss

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Authors of the study added that people changed the speed of their eating through the research that suggests that if you modify the way you eat you can lose weight.

There was a research conducted involving sixty thousand Japanese people displaying a link between eating slower or faster and losing or gaining weight.

Eating your food slowly may be linked to weight loss according to a study of 60,000 people with diabetes.

The research findings are based on health insurance data for almost 60,000 people with diabetes in Japan, who had submitted claims and had routine health check-ups between 2008 and 2013.

The participants involved in the study had regular check-ups between 2008 and 2013, during which their BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, eating habits, sleeping habits, alcohol consumption and tobacco use were all recorded.

The research found that 22,070 people defined themselves as fast eaters. More than 33,400 said they ate at "normal" speed.

So if you're looking to shift a few extra pounds time to readjust your eating habits so you're eating bacon and eggs, slowly, while standing at your desk! Participants who said they ate at a normal speed were 29 percent less likely to be obese, while those who ate slowly were up to 42 percent less likely to be obese.

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.

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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.

This is an observational study because researchers did not measure calory intake and physical activity, which could have affected the results in an unknown manner.

People who said they didn't snack after dinner at least three times a week, and those who didn't eat within two hours of bedtime, were also less likely to gain weight over the course of the study than those who did those behaviors. In line with recommendations by the Japanese Society for the Study of Obesity, however, a BMI of 25 was taken as obese for Japanese populations for the purposes of the study.

The World Health Organization considers someone with a BMI of 25 to be overweight and 30 or higher to be obese.

"Changes in eating speed can affect changes in obesity, BMI and waist circumference", researchers from Japan's Kyushu University recently wrote in the report.

So methods to help people reduce their eating speed, the authors conclude, could be an effective way to help prevent obesity and lower the many health risks, like diabetes, that come with it.

If you tend to be a fast eater, Crowley suggests trying to practice mindful eating, in which you consciously pay attention to each bite of food you put into your mouth and notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. This doesn't only have to do with the amount of food consumed, but it is also connected with the satiety hormones.