"Eating too fast is making your waistline expand, suggests two new studies presented at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society."
Eating quickly, "does not allow the nerve endings in your stomach—called stretch receptors—time to recognize when the stomach is full. You then overeat, leading to weight gain," researchers say.
To counteract our 'growing' propensity to do so, these researchers compiled a list of nine ways to help you eat slower, thereby helping you to eat less.
- Relax before you eat.
- Use smaller utensils, especially smaller spoons or chopsticks.
- Savor the first three bites.
- Place your utensil in your non-dominant hand (if you are right-handed put it in your left, and vice versa).
- Sip water between bites.
- Talk to others at the dinner table.
- Add spice or hot sauce.
- Avoid soda and other sweet drinks made with high-fructose corn syrup.
- Drink black tea.
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