The results showed that 21.5% of the slow-eating group was obese, compared to nearly 30% of the normal-speed eaters and 45% of the fast-eating group.
Although absolute reductions in waist circumference were small, they were greater among the slow and normal speed eaters.
At regular checkups over six years, clinicians measured their weight and waist circumference and tested their blood, urine and liver function.
After taking into account other potential factors, the researchers found that those who said they ate at normal speed were 29 percent less likely to be obese than those who said they were fast eaters.
During the study period, 51.9% of participants changed their eating speed from baseline; 0.29% switched from being fast eaters to slow eaters, and 0.15% changed from being slow eaters to fast eaters. The research also points out that avoiding after-dinner snacks and not eating within two hours of going to bed can also help when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. But skipping breakfast wasn't. Reducing the eating speed also seems to act as a protective factor against non-communicable disease like type 2 diabetes.
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So if you're looking to shift a few extra pounds time to readjust your eating habits so you're eating bacon and eggs, slowly, while standing at your desk!
The slow eaters tended to be healthier and to have a healthier lifestyle than either the fast or normal speed eaters. Eating speed can affect changes in obesity, body mass index, and waist circumference in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online February 12 in BMJ Open.
Eating speed and other behavior were self-reported in the study.
In addition, there was no data on how much participants actually ate or whether they exercised during the trial. Next time you consider a weight loss program make sure your brain doesn't hold you back.
The results correspond with other studies, which suggest that some people who tend to eat at a faster pace will gain more weigh and gain weigh over time. "The speed at which a lot of people wolf down their food is undeniably a contributor to obesity", he said (via The Guardian). Fast eaters may also continue to scarf down food even after they've consumed adequate calories, the study authors write in their paper, whereas slow eaters might feel full on less food overall.
Katarina Kos-an obesity researcher-Exeter Medical School said that similar research needs to be conducted in non-diabetic people for learning the potential of the diabetes medication in weight loss or gain.