Sunday, May 17, 2009

How Quickly Are You Eating?

If you're the kind of person who gobbles down their food when they eat, you should realize you're doing yourself an injustice. I stress this to everyone that is on a diet program. When you eat, concrete on the food you eat. Focus your time on chewing and savoring your food, rather than entertaining yourself, Not only are you denying yourself full enjoyment of the food you're eating, but research has shown that bolting food keeps the body from recognizing "satiety signals" that let you know you've eaten enough, are no longer hungry and should stop. It takes time for the brain to get the signal that you're full, usually 15-20 minutes. If you eat more slowly, your body will tell you when you're full and your hunger will be more accurately assessed. Start your meals with a glass of water. If necessary, put your fork down after each mouthful to allow more time for chewing.

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