Recent research from Japan backs up what traditional health systems have suggested for millennia – that eating too quickly can lead to stacking on the kilos.
Scientists from Osaka University looked at the eating habits of 3,000 people and suggest stuffing down meals in a hurry may be enough to nearly double a person’s risk of being overweight. The study which was reported in the British Medical Journal, showed that compared with normal-speed eaters, fast-eating men were 84% more likely to be overweight and women were just over two times as likely.
Those who tended to eat until they felt full were more than three times more likely to be overweight.
In Maharishi Ayurveda, it is recommended we eat to ¾ capacity to allow proper digestion of our food. Eating slower also allows us to properly ‘taste’ our food (a critical component of digestion and assimilation) and gives our satiety receptors time to inform us when we’ve had enough to eat.
So it’s good to hear of modern science backing up ancient wisdom. Now we just have to do it. Slow down. Take your time. Put your knife and fork down between bites. Taste, savour and enjoy. And keep your waistline trim.