Before you roll your eyes and click out of this article, please give me a few minutes to explain to you the benefits of eating slowly.
For most of us time is not something we have a lot of.
We literally rush around all day and have very little time to sit down and enjoy a meal.
We eat as quickly as we can so we can get on with our busy.
The problem with this approach is that eating too quickly is stressful and unhealthy.
By eating slower not only can you reduce stress, but you can also improve your overall health and lose weight.
5 Reasons You Should Give Eating Slowly a Try
You Will Enjoy Your Meals More
Eating is not only for nourishment.
When you eat you want to enjoy what you are eating.
However, when you scarf down your food as fast as you can there is no enjoyment it that.
Eating slower gives you the opportunity to savor every bite.
Even better is the fact you can still eat the foods that are “bad” for, in smaller amounts of course, and still enjoy them.
It Will Lower Stress
This may sound crazy, but eating slowly can actually help you relax.
By eating slowly you will be able to focus on your food.
When you keep your mind on your food you will be less likely to get distracted by everything else that’s going on around you.
When you eat you want it to be a calm and relaxing time.
Eating slowly can help you achieve that.
It Can Improve Digestion
Have you ever stopped to wonder why your body cells are so small?
But….the reason they are so small is because smaller structures have a greater surface area to volume ratio.
That’s why it is so important you eat slowly and chew your food into smaller pieces.
When you eat slower your digestive juices and enzymes work more effectively.
Large pieces of food are more difficult for your body to digest.
According to some research it is possible to improve the lifespan of animals by simply restricting their food intake.
The reason for this is because of the amount of stress that is placed on the body during the digestive process.
Slow down, chew your food good, and you will avoid over taxing your digesting system.
It Can Help You Lose Weight
Yep that’s right!
Some studies have shown that something as simple as eating slower can lead to weight loss.
Just how much weight loss?
Up to 20 pounds in a year….
The reason this happens can be found in your brain.
Once you start eating it takes about 20 minutes before your brain realizes your stomach is full.
When you eat too fast your brain isn’t able to tell your stomach you’re full.
As a result you end up eat too much and end up feeling like a stuffed turkey.
For best results eat a reasonable amount of food and then take a 20 minute break.
If after 20 minutes you are still hungry, have more food.
If you are not hungry, stop eating.
Giving your brain a chance to tell your body you’re full will help you lose weight.
Don’t be afraid to eat your favorite foods. As long as you don’t overdo it you will still be able to lose weight.
Your Lifestyle Will Be More Enjoyable
Let’s be honest, we all love to eat.
However, when we rush around and eat there is no pleasure in that.
Slowing down and eating slowly will help you find more pleasure when you eat.
Eating slowly is good for your body, your heart, and your soul.
How To Start Eating Slowly
Luckily its not all that hard to start eating slowly.
The first thing you should start doing is blocking out at least 30 minutes to eat your meals.
We know this isn’t always possible.
But you should try to do it as much as you can.
Once you have your dedicated meal time you should make sure you have no distractions.
Your number one focus should be on the food you are eating.
Once you have cleared out all distractions you should make ever effort to chew each bite at least 20 times.
Though this sounds simple, trust us it is a lot more difficult than you think.
However, it is one of the best ways you can start eating slower.
This one trick will almost instantly turn you into a more mindful eater.
It will also reduce your caloric intake and lower plasma levels of ghrelin.
Consider putting down your fork in between bites.
This will prevent you from shoveling too much food into your mouth.
Eating healthy isn’t just about the food you are eating, its also about the experience you have while eating said foods.
By eating slower you will find more pleasure during your meal times.