Eating slowly gets thinner because there is time for the feeling of satiety to reach the brain, indicating that the stomach is full and that it is time to stop eating.
In addition, the more often you chew and swallow small portions of food, the more stimulus is sent to the intestine to move, reducing the tendency to constipation and also improving digestion.
However, there are other benefits of eating slowly. A list of the main ones is:
1. Get thin
Weight loss happens because, when eating slowly, the signal sent from the stomach to the brain, to indicate that it is already full, has time to arrive before having eaten 2 plates of food.
When eating fast, this no longer happens and, therefore, you consume a greater amount of food and calories until satiety arrives.
2. Improves digestion
Chewing food well facilitates the digestion process because, in addition to grinding food better, it also increases saliva production, which facilitates the action of gastric acid. When this happens, the food stays in the stomach for less time and it is even possible to control the symptoms of heartburn, gastritis or reflux.
3. Increases the feeling of satiety
The habit of eating fast, in addition to favoring the ingestion of food in larger quantities, also decreases the contact of food with the taste buds, which are responsible for the perception of taste and the emission of the message of satisfaction and satiety to the brain.
On the contrary, eating slowly allows you to taste food more easily, which also reduces your addiction to artificial flavors and processed foods.
4. Decreases fluid intake
Reducing the consumption of liquids in the meal can also help to reduce the calories ingested, especially when it comes to drinks with many calories such as soft drinks, industrialized or natural juices.
But even when it comes to water, drinking more than 1 cup (250 ml) can decrease the efficiency of digestion and lead to the need to feel a heavy stomach after each meal. This can make the next meal try to repeat that “weight” in the stomach with more water, caloric fluids or even more food, facilitating weight gain.
5. Increases the taste of food
Looking at the food, smelling it and taking adequate time to eat helps to reduce stress and relax at mealtime, allowing you to enjoy the taste of food and making eating a pleasure.
How to eat more slowly
To be able to eat more slowly, one should try to eat sitting at the table, avoiding the sofa or bed, avoiding the use of television during the meal, always using cutlery to eat instead of using your hands and consuming salad as a starter or warm soup.