How Eating Slow Helps to Lose Weight

Eating is something we need to do in order to stay alive and we can do it right for the benefit of our health, or we can go about it all wrong and suffer everything that ill health can throw at us. Many people who are overweight are in that situation not necessarily because they don't get enough exercise or because they go out of their way to eat a dreadful diet.

eat slowly lose weightA big reason for weight gain is simply because people eat too quickly. So here's how eating slow can help you to maintain a healthy weight.

Look At Your Regular Eating Habits

Whatever it is you regularly eat, you can make more of it in terms of weight maintenance and health by slowing things down. There are some very powerful techniques you can use to achieve this and its actually really easy to do. All you have to be aware of is that you are going to change some bad habits for good ones.

You need to start by sitting down to your meal at a table (not in front of the TV set) and don't have any distractions like fast music playing, even if its quiet, a TV in another room that is loud enough for you to hear, or having newspapers or magazines where you can read them.

Take Notice of Your Meal

Next is the easy part. All you do is take some time to recognize the food on your plate, how it looks, then notice the aromas of the food. Take it all in and make sure you are fully aware of what is on your plate.

Then take your knife and fork and take the first mouthful but make sure you don't try and shovel too much on your fork. When you put the food in your mouth, take some time to recognize the flavors and textures of the food.

Most people just cram it in, chew as fast and as little as possible before swallowing without ever even tasting what they shoveled in there!

Time to Slow Things Down

You are going to do it differently. You are going to put down your knife and fork in between each mouthful, and take your time over it so you really get to appreciate the flavor of what you're eating.

All this sends the signals of the food to your digestive system which also sends signals to your brain telling it when you are done. This often happens before you finish what's on your plate an that's fine.

When you feel like you've had enough, then stop eating because you are done.

Of all the easy dieting tips there are (you'll find some great advice here), this simple to do technique allows your digestion to deal with the food more efficiently and store less fat while extracting more nutrients from the food. You eat less because you stomach has time to send the signal to your brain that its full before you can shovel more food than you need into it!

Try it sometime. Now would be a good time to start!