What's The Key To Weight Loss?
It might be chewing every bite 40 times. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the more you chew each bite of food, the less you’re likely to eat.
In the study, normal-weight and obese volunteers came into the lab to eat, and a video camera recorded how frequently they chewed each bite. The result: Obese volunteers chewed fewer times per bite, and ended up consuming more calories.
In another part of the study, the same volunteers were told to chew each bite just 15 times. Then they were told to chew each bite 40 times. The result: When they chewed 40 times, they ate less overall. They also had lower levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin. So, they were satisfied with less food.
Why does extra chewing help you eat less? Scientists believe it’s because chewing makes food easier to digest – so, you feel fuller, faster. It also slows you down – so your stomach has time to send the signal to your brain that you’re full.