Why eating in a hurry prevents you from losing weight
If people can just sit and eat slowly and mindfully, they would lose weight with much ease. Eating in a hurry is a common characteristic of office people. They are busy all the time. Very few of them are really busy; most are pretending to be busy.
When you eat in a hurry, three things happen:
- Your hormones that regulate appetite and hunger are disrupted, and your feeling of fullness is delayed. Hence you tend to overeat and gain weight.
- Your body’s metabolism decreases, and your cholesterol level goes up. This can put your heart at risk.
- Eating in a hurry on a regular basis tends to increase your blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes.
Eating in a hurry can slow down your weight loss progress significantly. So what is the solution? Here are some of our suggestions:
- Start eating slowly and chew your food thoroughly.
- Turn off your mobile phone while eating.
- Avoid talking with people while eating.
- Focus on what you eat, enjoy it.
- If you work in the office, during your lunch break, get away from your desk and take your time while eating your food.
How to eat mindfully
According to the Harvard Medical School, mindful eating means being fully attentive to your food—as you buy, prepare, serve, and consume it. Here we will focus just on food consumption.
Here are four simple steps to eat more mindfully:
- Bring all your senses to the meal. When you are eating your food, be attentive to color, texture, and aroma. Then go a step further and try identifying all the ingredients that went into the preparation of your food as you chew.
- Take small bites. Take in your food in small bites. This habit alone will help stabilise and improve your digestion process.
- Chew your food thoroughly. Chewing food helps to break down larger particles of food into smaller, and as a result, this helps reduce stress on the esophagus (muscular tube connecting your throat (pharynx) with the stomach). When you chew your food thoroughly, you release a lot of saliva, which contains digestive enzymes. This process of releasing your digestive enzymes into your throat and stomach helps improve your digestive process.
- Eat slowly. Take your time when eating your food. Eat slowly and avoid talking while you eat.
Eating mindfully has many benefits like reducing stress, improving digestion, less binge-eating, reduced food cravings and losing weight.
Eating in a hurry can slow down your weight loss progress significantly. Our suggestion is to pay attention to what you eat, eat it slowly and mindfully. Try it for 30 days and see what happens.
Simple healthy habits can drastically improve your health and well-being. Eating slowly and mindfully is one of them.
Until next writing,
Damir Pervan, Founder and CEO of TrainChampion