Eat less: Chew More

There is a Swedish proverb that says “"Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things will be yours."

Many scientific studies have explored the benefits of eating more slowly and chewing food longer. You may hear the distant echoes of your mother asking you to "slow down" as you plough through your meal as quickly as possible—as though eating is an inconvenience, an intrusion into your day that keeps you from getting on with "more important things." But maybe your mother was right. Perhaps you should slow down. After all, what is more important than nourishment? You can't accomplish anything of much importance without a well-nourished body and mind. The latest study to illustrate the importance of slowing down your eating appeared in the January 2014 issue of Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers found that you may consume fewer calories over the course of a meal when you eat slowly.

The research is clear: slowing down your meals does all sorts of good things for your body, including causing you to eat less. Eating slowly creates actual biochemical changes that make you less inclined to overeat. When we are all finding it harder to work off those extra calories, chewing your food a bit longer may just be the easiest and most enjoyable exercise you can do.

Reference: Mercola articles