This Technique Doubles Weight Loss Without Dieting


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There was no exercise or major
diet change involved in this simple weight loss method.
Eating slowly helps people
lose twice as much weight, a study has found.
Simply chewing each mouthful
of food for 30 seconds led to study participants losing 5 pounds in weight over
a six-month period.
In contrast, a control group
who ate at their normal speed put on around 8 pounds.
There was no exercise or major
diet change involved.
The slow eating approach works
because it allows more time for the feeling of fullness to travel from stomach
to brain.
Professor
Schmid-Schoenbein, study co-author, said:
“You can adopt this slow
eating approach for yourself and keep it up for the rest of your life. You can
teach this approach to your children and they can teach it to their children in
turn.”
The study included 54 children
aged 6- to 17-years-old.
They were told to chew each
mouthful for 30 seconds and given a small hourglass to help them time it.
Professor
Pedro Cabrales, study co-author, said:
“The hourglass made it more
like a game. We also noticed that the children kept each other accountable. If
some forgot the hourglasses, the others would remind them.”
The only other instructions
given in the study were to drink a glass of water before a meal and avoid
snacks between meals.
The results showed that
children who ate slowly lost between 3% and 5% of their body weight in one
year.
In comparison, a control group
of similar children put on between 7% and 8% over the year.
Slow eating is effective
because it gives more time for the ‘satiety reflex’ to reach the brain.
The message that the stomach
is full takes around 15 minutes to arrive, but many people eat a whole meal
quicker than this.
Dr.
Ruy Perez-Tamayo, study co-author, said:
“Our method focuses on
preventing weight gain. It is simple, inexpensive and easy to follow.”
The study was published in the
journal Pediatric Obesity (Salazar Vázquez et al., 2015).
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Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.