Eating Slower

Friday, January 29, 2010

Enjoy the sights and smells of your food a little longer if youre looking to shed some pounds, because eating too fast may make you prone to overeat. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study about eating rate and fullness in the 60 Second Housecall.

If youre looking to shed some pounds, eating slower may be the answer.

Finishing off a meal in a hurry may make you prone to overeat, Greek researchers concluded. Eating a meal quickly prevents the release of hormones in the gut that induce feelings of being full.

Previous studies have shown that the release of gut hormones after a meal acts on the brain and induces feelings of fullness and satisfaction, the researchers note. But until now, they say, concentrations of appetite-regulating hormones havent been studied in the context of different rates of eating.

In the study, 17 healthy men consumed the same test meal at different rates during two separate test sessions. The duration of one meal was five minutes and the other was 30 minutes.

The researchers took blood samples and measured levels of different gut hormones before the meal and at 30 minute intervals after eating began.

The scientists conclude that eating at a physiologically moderate pace leads to a more pronounced appetite reduction response than eating very fast.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.