To Eat Less, Eat Slower
Want to eat less? Slow down. Researchers at Texas Christian University asked 70 people -35 normal-weight men and women and 35 overweight or obese men and women- to eat the exact same meals under two conditions for two days. A “slow” meal was spread over an average of 22 minutes per meal, involving small bites and deliberate chewing without concern for time; and a “fast” meal involved large bites and quick chewing, under the notion that time was of the essence. The average fast-meal time was about nine minutes. What did they find? HealthDay reports that the normal-weight people consumed 88 fewer calories when they ate more slowly. The overweight people, however, saw only a 58-calorie reduction during the slow-eating session.