"Perfect for the Hollydays" The Weight Loss Trick That Has to do With How—Not How Much—You Eat Read more: Lose Weight By Eating Slower - How to Avoid Gaining Weight on Thanksgiving - Cosmopolitan

on Nov 17, 2011 @ 03:52 pm

Did weight loss experts read our minds or something?

Because it's as if they knew that we couldn't bear the thought of
hearing another person tell us that in order to avoid packing on pounds
during calorie bomb season (the official name for the time period that
starts in two weeks and lasts through New Years) we should just have the
will power to not stuff our faces with pumpkin pie, gravy, holiday
cookies, and festive cocktails. Researchers at the University of Rhode
Island seemed to sense that. Because they just released the findings of
two studies that claim you can shed Lbs. by tweaking how you eat, not how much you eat.

The nutrition professor and grad students who headed up the studies
learned that there's a "close association between eating rate and body
mass index" and that the faster one chows down, the higher their BMI
tends to be. Therefore, they concluded that slowing down the pace at
which you shovel pumpkin pie into your mouth could mean less damage to
your waistline.

"It takes time for your body to process fullness signals," explained Professor Kathleen Melanson, as quoted on Eurekalert.org. "So slower eating may allow time for fullness to register in the brain before you've eaten too much."

And here's another tip: People tend to eat whole grains (brown rice,
whole wheat pasta, etc.) more slowly than refined grains (white bread,
white pasta, white anything pretty much). So, in addition to all of the
other health benefits of going whole-grain, it's the better choice when
you're super hungry and in the mood to eat a lot.

The researchers also confirmed something we've always assumed—that men eat waaay
faster than women. Guys take down about 80 calories per minute while we
do 52 calories worth of damage in the same amount of time.

Read more: Lose Weight By Eating Slower - How to Avoid Gaining Weight on Thanksgiving - Cosmopolitan

1 Replies

... on Nov 17, 2011 @ 04:32 pm

I've heard this before. It does take your stomach time to tell the brain to stop eating. That's why if you scarf down your food, you go from feeling ravenous to that awful realization "oh no, now I've gone too far".

I have also heard that protein (so meat, cheese, etc) boost your brain's reaction time, so it's beneficial to start your meal with a protein instead of a carb. I don't know if that's true though, since when I was googling it just now I found lots of conflicting articles on the topic.

What I do (and interestingly, what many people find odd that I do!) is eat a small plateful and then stop for 5 minutes. I sip my drink, chat, etc, but don't eat for that time. Then I go in for modest seconds if I feel so inclined, after which I stop again for 5 or so minutes.

I find that my stomach keeps me much better updated this way and I rarely find myself overeating. However, when I'm at my grandma's house, her insanely delicious food and her WWII-era "eat more!" urgings throw my plan out the window. That's when you need a good long walk afterward for digestion :)

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