Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
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Weight Loss Tips: 3 Ways To Keep Pounds Off

Weight Loss Tips: 3 Ways To Keep Pounds Off

Compared to fast eaters, the odds ratio for being obese was 0.58 for slow eaters and 0.71 for normal-speed eaters.

Upon their first checkups, the researchers found the small minority that ate slowly tended to show healthier lifestyles than those who ate fast or at normal speeds.

The researchers analysed health insurance data from 59,717 individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes - a form of the disease that generally hits in adulthood as a result of being overweight. During those appointments, people were asked about their eating and sleeping habits, including how fast they typically ate and whether they regularly skipped breakfast, snacked after dinner or ate before bed.

These adjustments are linked with lower obesity and weight (BMI), and smaller waist circumference.

Participants were divided into three categories based on eating speed: fast (n = 22,070; 27.3% women; mean age, 46.6 years; 44.8% with obesity); normal (n = 33,455; 36.5% women; mean age, 48.1 years; 29.6% with obesity); or slow (n = 4,192; 44.4% women; mean age, 46.5 years; 21.5% with obesity). Research involving almost 60,000 Japanese people showed a link between eating slower or faster, and losing or gaining weight.

In addition, getting a good night's sleep, eating dinner earlier and not skipping breakfast were all linked to a lower chance of obesity.

A research duo of the Kyushu University-Japan, wrote in the BMJ Open journal that altering the eating speed could affect the changes in obesity, waist circumference and BMI.


Around half of the total sample (just under 52%) changed their eating speed over the course of the six years. Only about 7% of people called themselves slow eaters.

The study did not measure how much people ate, so we don't know if people who ate more slowly were eating fewer calories than those who ate quickly.

The participants had regular check-ups from 2008 to 2013. A new study finds that three simple eating habits could make all the difference when it comes to fitting into those older, tighter trousers collecting dust in your closet.

Eating slowly, eating breakfast, and not eating midnight snacks are not the only things that people need to do to lose weight though. According to him, "it is probably due to the signals sent by the digestive system that communicates to the brain that we are satiated in time to limit the amount ingested".

The results correspond with other studies, which suggest that some people who tend to eat at a faster pace will gain more weigh and gain weigh over time.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: 'The speed at which a lot of people wolf down their food is undeniably a contributor to obesity. It takes fast eaters longer to feel full simply because they don't allow time for the gut hormones to tell the brain to stop eating. Katarina Kos, an obesity researcher from Exeter Medical School, said similar research has to be conducted in non-diabetic people to rule out a potential role for diabetes medication in weight loss or gain.

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