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Eating More Slowly Helps You Lose Weight, Study Suggests

April 15, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A Swiss study comparing satiety between normal weight and obese people found that the obese tend to eat faster, take less time to feel full, spend less time eating and yet consume more calories. For the study, obese and normal weight people consumed as many nutritional drinks as they wanted, as fast as they wanted, in the morning on an empty stomach. They then reported when they felt full. On average, the obese people reported feeling sated after just ten minutes, four minutes earlier than those of normal weight. But during those ten minutes they consumed about 85 cal a minute, compared with 50 cal a minute by normal weight participants. The solution? "Eating slowly is not only healthy, but it should also help you lose weight," one researcher said.
Anne C. Meyer-Gerspach et al., "Gastric and intestinal satiation in obese and normal weight healthy people. ", Physiology & Behavior, April 15, 2014, © Elsevier Inc.
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