At the start of the study, more than half of the people said they ate at a normal speed, while about a third said they tended to eat fast. Only about 7% of people called themselves slow eater.
Eating slowly may be a much smarter approach, as it could provide a number of benefits.
Your appetite and calorie intake is largely controlled by hormones. Additionally, eating slowly has been shown to decrease the amount of food consumed during the meal due to an increase in fullness hormones.
After a meal, your gut suppresses a hormone called ghrelin, which controls hunger, while also releasing fullness hormones.
These hormones tell your brain that you have eaten, reducing appetite, making you feel full, and helping you stop eating.
This process takes about 20 minutes, so slowing down gives your brain the time it needs to receive these signals.
To eat slowly, you need to chew your food thoroughly before swallowing. This can help you reduce calorie intake and lose weight.
In fact, several studies have found that people with weight problems tend to chew their food less than people with normal weight do
Therefore suggesting that this type of lifestyle modification is achievable, and that it may make a difference in body weight.