Next time you’re about to eat dinner, set a timer for 20 minutes. If you’ve finished before it goes off, you’re eating too fast.
That may sound strange, but slow eating may have health benefits. A new study is contributing to evidence that taking your time while eating may help prevent weight gain. Researchers looked at meal pacing and obesity among participants in Japan over a 6-year period and found that with all else being equal, those who ate slower ended up less likely to be overweight.
The idea of mindful eating has been around for a while. In theory, slowing down will make you eat less overall and feel full quicker. That said, don’t think eating that cheeseburger in small bites is going to matter all that much.
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