The tortoise may come in first after all.
A recent review of 22 well-designed studies shows that slow eaters seem to be able to keep their weight down better than their counterparts. We are all aware of the obvious forms of weight control such as healthy low calorie food choices, but eating slowly has not been high on our lists.
It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to let your stomach know that you are full. So, the slower you eat, the more likely it is that you will eat less which leads to lower calorie meals. The experts suggest that we chew slowly, concentrate on every bite, and take smaller portions.
It is so easy to grab a bite of this or that during our busy, rushed days, but we often have no concept of how many calories we are really ingesting.
It is interesting to note that according to the studies, slow eaters do not appear to be any hungrier later on in the day than faster eaters and don’t snack anymore than anyone else.