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If I Eat Too Fast, Will I Put on More Weight

Updated on January 15, 2012

Eating Too Quickly

The answer is yes according to recent research. Eating too fast is likely to make you gain weight, than if you ate your food more slowly. This is something anybody who has tried diets will probably know that the slower you eat your food the less you will eat.

Research again is telling us that if we eat too fast you are more likely to become obese. We just need reminding of the benefits of eating slower.

Eating Studies

At a recent New Zealand study , published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, It was discovered among a group of females aged 40-50, that those who were the fastest eaters are more likely to have a weight gain than the slower eaters.

Would you slow down your eating habits if you were told rushing your food can double your chances of obesity? Previous studies carried out at a Japanese University found fast eating men were also likely to put on weight , but women much more so.

We all know that eating too fast tricks our stomach into thinking we are not full, but how? While we are eating nerves send signals to the brain that the stomach is beginning to expand. Simultaneouly the hormone ghrenlin ( which starts to produce when your stomach empties and creates a hunger trigger) begins to decrease.The brain recives a signal to stop eating around 20 minutes after you begin devouring your food.So eating too fast confuses the signals to the brain, and our stomachs become over-full.

Bad Eating Habits

Wolfing down our food stems from our childhood days, when we were desperate to leave the dinner table to indulge in more interesting activities. Unfortunately these bad habits have stayed with us through to our adult life.

Speedy eating will also bring on wind problems, general discomfort, and increase the risk of acid reflux.If your food is not chewed properly the stomach has to produce more acid to deal with the larger chunks of food.Studies again have proved acid reflux problems increase when you eat to fast.

What to Do

The first thing is to spend at least 20 minutes eating your meal, if it is chewed thoroughly this should be easily obtained.You could cut food into smaller pieces, which will take more time, and take regular sips of water.

Other things to consider would be smaller portions, and even smaller plates may help.Other advice is to stand up during your meal and if you feel comfortable and not ready to burst then you have eaten your fill.


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      aslaught 6 years ago from Alabama

      Due to working in factories much of my younger life, and having short lunch periods, I learned to gulp my food, and it's hard to break old habits. I see the wisdom of this article and I'm going to try to slow down. Thanks for interesting article!

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      Akhil Anil 6 years ago

      Yup old aged people used to tell me to chew my food well and slow before you gulp! It sounds so true now. Great article.

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      Charlie 6 years ago from Scotland

      This sucks for me, I eat incredibly quickly, and I think I always eat too much but because I have eaten it already I don't realize till it's done! Damn you food why do you have to taste so good! Nice hub. :)