Study Finds That Eating Slower Can Curb Your Hunger

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/02/2014 | 12:15 PM EST

The reason why you’re still hungry after a meal may have a lot to do with how fast you eat

Ever had a meal only to find yourself hungry not too long after? According to a new study, it may just have something to do with how fast you eat.

Researchers from Texas Christian University found that eating more slowly could lower the chances that you’ll still feel hungry after your meal. In a two-day study, researchers gathered 35 normal weight people and 35 overweight people to eat in a metabolic kitchen, where their energy speed, eating rate, energy density and satiety were all measured.

For one of the lunches, participants were instructed to eat slowly, by imagining they had all the time in the world to eat, chewing thoroughly, putting utensils down between each bite and taking small bites, while for the other lunch, they were instructed to eat quickly, by imagining they had to finish eating by a certain time, chewing quickly, taking big bites and not putting the utensils down between each bite.

Results from that study concluded that both the normal-weight and obese and overweight participants didn't feel as hungry 60 minutes after eating slowly than they did after eating quickly, and the normal-weight group also reported greater feelings of fullness after eating slowly, compared with after eating quickly. Researchers also found that water consumption could have an impact on calorie consumption, too, as both groups drank more water during the meal when eating slowly than when eating quickly.

Additionally, researchers found that eating more slowly can also decrease the number of calories you consume, however, that was only found to be true for normal weight participants and not those participants who were overweight or obese.

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