Eat slowly - your weight loss success depends on it

23 Apr 2020

Eating slowly can improve your digestion and help you eat less – when you savour your food, you are less likely to indulge in overeating.

Eating slowly can improve your digestion and help you eat less – when you savour your food, you are less likely to indulge in overeating.

Take your time – it's worth it

Slow eating has a number of health benefits including better digestion, higher levels of hydration and more satiety. Apart from that, it can also help you lose weight. It takes around 20 minutes for your brain to realise that your body is satiated and most of us don’t even take that long to sit down and eat.

Digestion starts in the mouth

When you take your time on each meal you should also use that time wisely and chew your food thoroughly. Did you know that you already start digesting and breaking your food down in your mouth? Chewing gets the enzymes production going. This will make a tremendous difference in your digestion and energy use

5 tips to make this easy

Now that you know how important it is to eat slower, here are some easy tips to help you slow down during meals:

  • Count your bites - when you chew, try setting a minimal amount of bites per mouthful and count them in your head.

  • Use chopsticks or smaller utensils - it may help you slow down because of the amount of food ending up in your mouth. If you’re not a regular chopstick user, try it out!

  • Put your utensils down after every bite - it will physically slow you down and let you savour every bite at the same time.

  • Breathe - if you find yourself eating quickly, take a break and take a few breaths. It will help you re-centre and focus on the food again.

  • Drink water - it will help you take time off from stuffing your face and may prevent you from overeating. Make sure you have a glass to hand at every meal.