Eat Slowly If you Want to Lose Weight

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Rushing food down has many disadvantages, and is indicated in problems of obesity and overweight. The physical and chemical processes of chewing our food as an aid to digestion are very important. The mechanical action of breaking the food up and mixing it with the digestive enzymes in the saliva, start the digestive process, and put less strain on the remainder of the digestive tract. Improperly digested food means that some nutrients may be wasted, and poor or inadequate chewing may be the underlying factor behind a number of digestive problems. Certain complaints such as food sensitivities and the symptoms associated with them, including food cravings, bloating and abdominal weight gain may all relate back to not chewing food properly. Not only will chewing lead to better more efficient digestion, but also significantly for weight loss it assists the satiety process, the system that tells us we are full, and curtails our appetite.

What You'll Need

  • Yourself and self-awarenss

What You'll Do

  • Don’t descend upon your food like a hungry Labrador, take a few seconds to reflect before you eat.
  • Be aware of what you are eating and don’t watch TV or be distracted when you eat, concentrate on the food and enjoy each and every mouthful.
  • Research has shown us that it takes approximately 14 -21 repetitions before an action becomes a habit. Therefore, don’t expect that this will come naturally or automatically. You will have to think about this at every meal and work at making your eating style a habit for the future.
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