Trying to Lose Weight? Eat Slower!

If you’re looking for a way to lose weight you may have to change just one thing -- how fast you eat. A new study published in the journal BMJ Open found people who eat slower are more likely to be thinner than those who ate at a normal speed.

Japanese researchers based their study on the lifestyle habits of nearly 60,000 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who had regular check-ups over a six year period. Results were 21% of slow eaters were obese, as compared to 30% of normal speed eaters and 45% of fast eaters.

Researchers say a possible reason for the link between obesity and eating speed is that fast eaters may continue to eat until they feel full despite having had enough calories, while those who eat slowly may feel full before an excessive amount of food is ingested.

The study also found eating slower reduced BMI and waist circumference.