Scarfing down food until you’re stuffed will make you fat. Surprised? Here’s why you should eat slowly and know when to push away from the table.
According to a study published on the British Medical Journal website, participants who ate quickly and until they were full had a higher body mass index (BMI) and total energy intake, and were three times more likely to be overweight than those who did not.
The researchers found that a combination of eating until full and eating quickly has “a supra-additive effect on overweight.”
This, coupled with changes in our eating behaviors may be contributing factors in the obesity epidemic.
Until the last decade, eating enough energy to enable fat storage was unlikely. But the influx of fast food, larger portions, fewer family meals and eating while distracted (that includes driving and watching TV) have distorted the fat-storing playing field.
Why does this matter to you? Because if you haven’t already, you need to adopt healthy eating habits now! Eat slowly, practice portion control, limit distractions during chow time and try to eat more often as a family. Doing so will stave off weight gain and contribute to a healthier lifestyle.