Do you eat your food mindlessly and fast? Or do you experience your meal and enjoy every bite of food?
Research shows us that fast eaters are three times more likely to become overweight and have reported that fast eaters have a 2.5 times higher chance of developing diabetes compared to slow eaters. Failing to process these signals could lead to:
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Fast consumption of food could increase insulin resistance, which may then lead to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Eating mindlessly fast can, of course, cause poor digestion. It has been linked to problems with digestion as people commonly take larger bites and chew their food less. We recommend slowing down and enjoying your food for better digestion.
How do you become a slower eater and eat more mindfully? Try to avoid eating in front any screens—this could be your phone, computer or T.V. Put your fork down between each mouthful, drink water, chew your food more often, pick fiber-rich food, and enjoy small bites.
Eating small meals throughout the day could also be helpful if you tend to eat quickly. The hungrier you are, the faster you might eat. Bite the bullet and stay on top of your hunger as best as you can.
Mindful eating is important. It could play a significant role in keeping your body healthy and free of diseases. So, give time to indulge to stay healthy.
Ask yourself: is there a psychological reason I am eating so quickly?
Perhaps you live in a constant state of rushing because life is just that busy. Or maybe you’re intrinsically a fast-paced person! But when you get down to it, do you really want even your meal breaks to be rushed? Are you relaxed when you eat quickly? Be mindful of your habits and what they say about your mental health.
If you are looking to lose weight and need guidance, contact our office today.