In the face of gluttonous food, are you a “fat man” who likes to gobble up? According to a new study, people who chew slowly are 42 percent less likely to be obese than those who are often “gobbled up.” If you want to lose weight, you need to slow down eating, skip snacks after dinner and skip eating two hours before bedtime, according to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal.
In the six-year study, health tests included BMI and waistline measurements, as well as blood chemistry, urine and liver function tests. In addition, the participants’ lifestyle also became the focus of the study, including diet and sleep habits, alcohol and tobacco use, eating speed, eating time, and so on. One finding showed that people who ate more slowly tended to be healthier and had a healthier lifestyle than those who ate fast or at a normal rate.
Although this observational study has yet to produce a definitive conclusion on causality, previous studies have shown that rapid eating is associated with impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance. In response, the researchers said they hoped that future interventions to slow the rate of eating would be effective in preventing obesity and reducing associated health risks.