How Slowing Down Helps You Slim Down


Woman Eating Slowly

To lose weight, you have to get moving - unless it's meal time. In that case, it's time to slow things down. That's because it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to react to chemicals released as you eat, registering that your stomach is full. In the meantime, if you're shoveling food into your system, it's a sure bet that you'll overeat, thwarting your weight loss efforts or even causing you to pack on more pounds.

Get accustomed to eating slowly with these tips from Metabolic Research Center:

  1. Sit down: Today's busy lifestyles make for constant multitasking and staying on the go. Often, this means grabbing meals while standing up, walking or even driving, which can cause you to overeat. Sitting down at the table and focusing will help keep you mindful of our intake.
  2. Focus on smaller portions: We tend to eat what's put in front of us - Never mind whether we're actually hungry. Use smaller plates for lesser portions to help limit your intake without feeling deprived.
  3. Drink: Down a glass of water before each meal and consciously sip throughout. This will help fill you up and curb your appetite.
  4. Have a conversation: Active conversation is another way to slow you down at the dinner table.
  5. Dodge distractions: Avoid distractions like watching TV, surfing the Internet or working at your desk while you eat, as it typically causes you to eat bigger portions. Take a few minutes out of your schedule and focus on savoring each bite of every meal.
  6. Chew thoroughly: Take smaller bites and be mindful of thoroughly chewing each one. Some people count to 20 before swallowing a bite to help get them in the practice of chewing more thoroughly.
  7. Put your fork down: It's a classic trick because it works - putting your fork down between bites. This helps to slow you down and keep you mindful of just how much you're eating.

Get more weight loss and healthy lifestyle tips by visiting your nearest Metabolic Research Center. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation.

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