Even if you are or aren’t trying to lose weight, you must already be aware of the fact that our eating habits strongly influence our weight. Validating this even further, researchers from the Kyushu University, Japan say that chewing the food slowly and avoiding eating for two hours before bedtime may aid weight loss.
Changes in eating habits were strongly linked with lower obesity, Body Mass Index and smaller waist circumference, according to scientists.
The findings of the study are based on the health insurance data for approximately sixty thousand people with diabetes in Japan who submitted claims and went for regular health check-ups between 2008 and 2013.
During the course of the check-ups, participants were specifically asked about their eating speed, which was categorised as fast, normal or slow along with information about their lifestyle, eating and sleeping habits as well as alcohol and tobacco use. They were also quizzed on whether they did any of the following three or more times a week: eat dinner within two hours of going to sleep; snack after dinner; and skip breakfast.
Initially, around 22,070 people said that they eat their food very quickly on a regular basis; 33,455 ate at a normal speed, and 4,192 took their time eating the food. The slow-eaters tended to be healthier than the fast and normal speed eaters.
Around half of the total sample switched their eating speed over the period of six years. All the consumption and lifestyle habits that were studied showed that a BMI of 25 kilograms per square metres was associated with obesity.
The results revealed that those who ate at a normal speed were 29 per cent less likely to be obese as compared with those who were under the habit of simply gulping down their food. The data was 42 per cent for those who ate slowly.
The study also concluded that snacking after dinner and eating within two hours of going to sleep more than thrice a week were also strongly linked to changes in Body Mass Index.