With the lifestyles we live today, few of us are actually taking time to stop and smell the proverbial roses. From hectic jobs and texting on the subway to staying in chat rooms all night and even hooking up and finding love through the Internet, we’re fast-paced people by and large.
One of the problems this has led to is a nation of overweight people! Because a lot of us don’t have time to eat, not only are we eating unhealthy choices but we’re woofing the food down with reckless abandon.
This causes us to ironically feel hungrier and also attributes to weight gain.
You might not even be aware that you’re doing it. Some people think that they’re eating slowly, but they’re actually gobbling their food down too quickly for the body’s natural processes to handle it correctly.
People eat in a hurry for many reasons:
- They’re used to eating quickly and it develops as a habit
- They’re always in a hurry
- The “good taste” of foods high in sugars and fats creates cravings which then result in frantic eating episodes
- Some don’t even realize it – it’s a lack of attention while eating
There are many, many reasons that you should not eat too quickly. First and foremost, it’s just the wrong way to go about enjoying food on a healthy diet. You see, when you eat too quickly, your stomach-brain connection doesn’t have time to communicate, and you don’t realize you’re full until you’re practically stuffed to the point or bursting.
This is really hard for digestion, meaning the food is sticking with you longer, plus it’s going to cause you to be hungrier later for two reasons: your stomach is stretched and expecting that much food, and you never really felt fully satisfied in the first place.
Eating too quickly is asking for a host of problems, including:
- Improper dieting habits
- Weight gain
- Frequent hunger
- Trouble sleeping
- Diminished energy
- Added stress
- And much more
Five Reasons to Slow Down Your Eating
Even if you don’t think that you’re among the millions out there eating too quickly, go ahead and pay attention to yourself the next time you’re enjoying a meal. You may find that you need to slow it down a step or two.
Here are some great reasons that you should slow down when you’re eating.
The evidence out there is overwhelming – if you eat slowly, you ingest fewer calories. And fewer calories mean weight loss, especially when combined with exercise. All told, it usually takes around 20 minutes for our brains to signal that we’re full, so eating slowly can mean that you’re eating far less than what you eat when eating quickly.
Being able to actually enjoy what you eat is one of the best things in life. You will become wiser to food choices and ultimately pick better foods. You’ll start to spend less time eating garbage like fast food and will start wanting healthier and better-tasting food choices.
When people eat slower, they inevitably chew their food more. And chewing your food more means that you’re digesting it a lot better. Better digestion can certainly help in your weight loss efforts.
When you slow down and pay attention to what you’re eating, your mind and body experience calmness. You’re in the moment, enjoying your meal and this can lead to lower levels of stress. When you’re eating quickly, however, your mind-body connection is a little frantic, and everything seems rushed – because it is rushed.
Taking the time to savor the flavor, as it were, can really help you lead a more relaxed lifestyle. When you’re not in a rush to eat, you develop better habits and can actually stop thinking about food so much. For example: Fast-paced eaters usually crave food constantly, whereas slow-paced eaters know that food is something to be enjoyed, and thus they have fewer problems with cravings between meal times.