Many of our residents of our apartments in Ridgeland, SC are on a quest to lose some weight. Well, our brains know when we are full after our stomachs do. This tends to let us overeat. In fact, it takes 20 minutes for our stomach to send full signals to our brain. Overeating causes us to gain weight.
So one key to eating less is to eat more slowly; easier said than done. Here are some tips to slow down when eating. Challenge yourself.
1. Eat foods in a shell. Foods that come in a shell take longer to eat and give your stomach more time to process what’s coming in. Volunteers who ate pistachios in a shell ate 41% fewer calories compared to those who consumed shelled pistachios, and they felt just as satisfied after their snack.
2. Put down your fork and knife after every bite. The key is to chew and swallow before taking the next bite. Do it enough and it will become a habit and slow your eating pace.
3. Try chopsticks. You’ll need to first cut your food into bite-size portions, but it’s worth the extra effort. Being less talented with chopsticks than with a fork, you’ll take in food more slowly.
4. Think soup. Soups take longer to eat and help us feel fuller. A study found that people eat fewer calories on the days they eat soup compared to when they eat only solid foods.
5. Practice mindful eating. Eat meals without distractions like a newspaper, television, or work, so you can focus on the taste, texture, and smell of the food. Registering the will help you eat less.
Ideas from Boston.com