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Eating Slowly Can Really Help You Eat Less

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Have a New Year's Resolution to lose some weight? (So do we.) Perhaps, during meals we should put ourselves in the mindset of Spaniards and Italians—which is to really enjoy our dining experience. Forget about shoving that burger down your throat or inhaling that salad, because you still have some work to do. If you can't take as much time as many Europeans do to savor their meals, at least slow down a little bit. Instead of eating in five minutes and then going back to work, eat while you work. Why? New research proves that if you eat slower, you'll actually end up eating less.

If you eat faster, you trick your body into not feeling as full with more food. However, a recent study that was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that slower eaters consume fewer calories and more water, making them feel fuller faster.

Researchers from Texas Christian University studied speedy eaters and slow eaters and found that the slower people ate, the less they actually consumed. Plus, one of the researchers, Dr. Meena Shah, noted, "The higher water intake during the slow eating condition probably caused stomach distention and may have affected food consumption," according to the Daily Mail.

Bottom line: eat slower and drink more water. Put down your utensils in between bites, make sure you chew fully. You'll probably feel more relaxed as you do so and will ultimately feel fuller throughout the day. The faster eaters often felt hungry again an hour after their meal.

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