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Are You More Likely To Lose Weight If You Eat Slowly

By jeremyc | February 13, 2018

In a new study, the researchers found eating slowly was linked to lower obesity risk. This was a purely observational study, so it didn’t go into the cause and effect.

Nevertheless, this finding could be of help to overweight or obese people trying or planning to lose weight, considering how big a public health concern obesity is and how hard it is to get rid of extra pounds.

Losing weight is excruciatingly difficult. According to a survey, only in every 6 overweight or obese persons over 18 years in the U.S. is able to lose weight and keep it off in the long-run. Probably because losing weight is so tough, the percentage of obese or overweight adults in the U.S. who are trying to lose weigh today is less than that of previous years.

In this study, the researchers set out to find if there’s any link between the time gap between dinner and sleep, having snacks after dinner, not having breakfast, and eating food slowly and weight gain.

The researchers analyzed data of approximately 60,000 people and came up with these findings.

Having your food at normal speed is linked to 29 percent lower risk of obesity. Eating at a slower speed, on the other hand, is linked to 42 percent lower risk of obesity.

Having snacks after dinner and eating dinner within a couple of hours before sleep are linked to higher BMI. Not having breakfast, however, was not found to affect BMI.

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