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Eat Slowly…Lose Weight!

March 21, 2017

Lose up to 20 pounds in 12 months

You’ve heard it said before, to lose weight you should, “Eat slowly, because it takes your brain 20 minutes to register that you’re full.” Until now, there was no proof that you could lose weight by taking pauses between bites.

A study presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, found that people who eat slowly consume significantly fewer calories; an estimated 70 fewer calories per meal. It may not sound like much, until you run the numbers: At 3 square meals a day – you’ll have a daily reduction of 210 calories. Over a week’s time – there’s a 1,500 calorie reduction. For the month – a deficit of 6000 calories. For the year – a whopping 72,000 calorie reduction…that’s 20.5 pounds!

Why does eating slowly work? Researchers report that satiety signals take time – yes, we know that’s true – however, they reported the most important aspect of slow eating is satisfaction. Having a slow, relaxed meal is more enjoyable that a meal on the run.

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