Eating slowly may actually help you lose weight

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Other studies have indicated that those who eat quickly are more likely to be overweight, have acid reflux and have metabolic syndrome.

Plus, when compared with fast eaters, those who ate at a normal speed and slow eaters had reductions in their waist circumference of around 0.21cm and 0.41cm.

Slow eating promotes weight loss, according to the new research disclosed by the journal BMJ Open.

During their health checks participants were asked about the speed they ate food, fast, normal or slow, and other food habits including whether they snacked after dinner and skipped breakfast.

The researchers did the analysis on the health insurance data of 59,717 individuals who are diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus-a disease that generally hits in adulthood because of being overweight. They also say that eating dinner more than 2 hours before sleeping, not snacking after dinner and always having breakfast may also help weight loss. Whether people regularly ate or skipped breakfast did not seem to have an effect on change in BMI.

The researchers used a variety of statistical models to look at how people's stated eating speed, and any change over the time of the study, influenced their chances of being obese at the end of the study. The study tracked almost 60,000 people and discovered that how fast they ate and the timing of their evening meal and snacks appeared to be significant factors in whether they ended up obese or managed to lose weight.

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The verdict: eat slow and enjoy your meals, stop living your life on fast forward and take your time to savor the delish in your dish.

Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly.

The study did not measure how much people ate, so we don't know if people who ate more slowly were eating fewer calories than those who ate quickly. "Those who naturally eat slowly may be attending to their body's cues for fullness, and eat a more appropriate portion during each eating occasion", Nina Crowley, Ph.D., a registered dietitian nutritionist and health psychologist working at the Medical University of SC, told CBS News. Therefore fast eaters would have gobbled down their food well after they have had enough.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: 'The speed at which a lot of people wolf down their food is undeniably a contributor to obesity.

So methods to help people reduce their eating speed, the authors conclude, could be an effective way to help prevent obesity and lower the many health risks, like diabetes, that come with it.

To get these results, experts, from the Kyushu University in Japan, tracked participants over six years with 22,070 of the participants routinely scoffing food down quickly, 33,455 eating at a normal speed and 4,192 classing themselves as slow eaters.

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