Chew Slower, Get Bigger

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Joey Chestnutis the world champion of eating fast, he ate 61 hot dogs to take his eighth belt this year. Joey has the world record for the most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes.

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Eating slow is associated with a number of health benefits such as improved digestion and greater weight control.

Chew Slower, Get Bigger

I don’t know if you have ever seen older people eat, but they tend to eat slow and that’s something that bodybuilders and athletes can learn from. most athletes are done with their meals whereas older adults are not even a quarter of the way finished.  Eating slow is associated with a number of health benefits such as improved digestion and greater weight control.  Conversely, eating a meal fast results in impaired digestion.  One of the most important benefits of eating slowly is that it gives your body time to recognize that you’re fullIt takes about twenty minutes from the start of a meal for the brain to send out signals of satiety. Eating slowing helps you to eat less because if gives your body time to receive the appetite regulation signal to stop eating.  Both large-scale population studies and research on smaller groups who habitually eat quickly concur: Fast eaters gain more weight over time than slow eaters. At the University of Rhode Island, researchers examined how eating speed affected the early stages of digestive processing by observing 60 young adults eat a meal.

So to sum up the studies, eating slowly not only keeps your weight in check but also can result in greater protein synthesis so chew your food slowly and enjoy the health benefits.

Rémond D, Machebeuf M, Yven C, Buffière C, Mioche L, Mosoni L, Patureau MirandP. Postprandial whole-body protein metabolism after a meatmeal is influenced by  chewing efficiency in elderly subjects. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 May;85(5):1286-92.

Andrade A, Greene G, Melanson K.  Eating slowly led to decreases in energy intake within meals in healthy women.  J Am Diet Assoc.  2008;108(7):1186-1191.

eong SL, Madden C, Gray A, Waters D, Horwath C. Faster self-reported speed of eating is related to higher body mass index in a nationwide survey of middle-aged women. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(8):1192–1197.

Otsuka R, Tamakoshi K, Yatsuya H, Murata C, Sekiya A, Wada K, Zhang HM, Matsushita K, Sugiura K, Takefuji S. et al. Eating fast leads to obesity: findings based on self-administered questionnaires among middle-aged Japanese men and women. J Epidemiol. 2006;16(3):117–124

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