If youre keen about losing weight and youre the kind of person that loves rushing their meals or eat fast, you may want to consider slowing down.
Eating too fast may affect your weight, according to a new study published online in the British medical Journal. Researchers from Japan asked more than 59,000 men and women with type 2 diabetes to rate their eating speed using one of three options: fast; normal; or slow.
The essence was to know the relationship between eating speed and obesity. The researchers discovered that
“normal” and “slow” eaters were less likely to be obese. And they defined this as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more — than fast eaters. It is however important to note that obesity in different areas of the world is different as that of the U.S. is a little higher, pegged at a BMI of 30 or higher.
The study participants also received health check-ups, where they were asked about other eating habits, alcohol and tobacco use, and sleep.
The researchers from the researchers from Kyushu University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Fukuoka, Japan, also found out that skipping breakfast, eating dinner within two hours of going to sleep, and post-dinner snacking could lead to obesity.
If you think about it, it makes sense and the techniques employed by the researchers is one of the techniques that has been used in behaviour change weight loss programs, to encourage obese people to eat slower.
The sample size of. The study is one thing that makes it factual, despite the fact that it is self-reported which may raise concern about its objectivity. It however isn’t the same thing as measuring something very specifically even though it maybe true.
Furthermore, due to the fact that the research was conducted in people with type 2 diabetes, there is a possibility that the results might skew a certain way because of that. People that have diabetes have it tougher when it comes to losing weight than for people who dont have.
Health conditions linked with obesity include heart disease, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, and high blood pressure. The conclusion of the researchers is aimed at reducing eating speed and that it may help prevent obesity and lower the associated health risks.
It is a safe recommendation that wont hurt you if you decide to follow it. However, there are many factors such as level of physical activity that influences weight among people all around the world.
While it has not been conclusively proven how much this intervention will work, it is most likely a common sense interaction that would help and not hurt.