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A new study provides the first-ever scientific proof that if you eat slowly, you will eat less — and you will enjoy the meal more. Women consumed about 70 fewer calories when they were told to take their time eating a meal of pasta and sauce, compared to when they were instructed to eat it as quickly as possible. They also rated the meal as more pleasant when they ate slowly.
“They got more pleasure for (fewer) calories, and more satiety for (fewer) calories,” Dr. Kathleen Melanson of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston told Reuters Health.
Obesity is a risk factor for several chronic diseases, including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and some cancers. Results from five prospective studies and national statistics suggest that the number of annual deaths attributable to obesity among US adults is about 280, 000.
There are many factors that contribute to causing obesity including genetics and behavior. Some individuals have a genetic tendency to gain weight and store fat. Although not everyone with this tendency will become obese, some people without genetic predisposition do become obese. Several scientists are presently doing studies in hopes of finding genetic targets in humans that may lead to the development of new treatments.
Learning and enforcing healthy habits for lifelong weight control includes regular physical activity and nutritious eating. The result of not having these things incorporated into your life will result in obesity.
Specific behavioral changes leading to weight
loss and maintenance include: logging and tracking diet and exercise patterns
in a diary, eating a low calorie diet, limiting the amount of calories from fat,
burning calories daily through exercise, monitoring weight regularly, setting
realistic goals, and developing a social support network using an obesity
support group online.