Slow down you are eating too fast

This post was written by DoctorJay on July 6, 2010
Posted Under: food,healthy diet,Michelangelo Weight Management Seminar,weight loss,weight reduction

Why are so many of us, Americans, fat and the French can eat such wonderful foods full of cream, cheese and other supposedly fattening foods and yet they are in general slim?

OK – one reason is that their portion sizes are reasonable (way smaller than those in the USA).

A more important reason is that they eat slowly. They can take three hours on a ten-fifteen course meal.

You see it takes twenty minutes for your brain to register that you are satisfied. The way the brain’s hunger and fullness controls work is through:

  • You stomach being full. As you eat larger and larger portions, your stomach size will increase. As you eat less it get smaller but at times lapband surgery may help.
  • The odor of the food helps you feel full.
  • The sugar level of your blood and the way it increases. This takes at least twenty minutes and hence the need to eat slowly. When we gobble our food down our brain cannot register that we will receive much more than enough calories in the future as the food is broken down and is absorbed.

So if you want to lose weight, eat slowly – take at least twenty minutes on each course or one hour on all of each meal and your weight will go down. Chewing each small morsel of food really well helps with your digestion as well as giving your brains satiation circuits  time for you to manage and reduce your weight. You will also enjoy your food much more when eating slowly.

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