Is eating fast really that bad for you?
In short, yes, speed eating really is that bad for you. Eating faster causes you to consume more calories in a shorter amount of time, stretching your stomach more than if you had eaten slower and stopped before you were stuffed. This constant stretch of the stomach leaves you feeling hungrier sooner, causing you to snack throughout the day and gain weight. Also, speed eating can lead to heartburn, indigestion, and gastroesophageal reflux because of the extra work your stomach has to do to digest your food as quickly as you ate it. So, unless you don’t care about gaining weight or digestive disorders, put down your fork, chew up your food, and enjoy your meals.
What is gastroesophageal reflux?
Gastroesophageal reflux, also referred to as acid reflux or acid regurgitation, occurs when the contents of the stomach, including food and stomach juices, back up into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the stomach, chest, and/or throat. Over time, the acids in the stomach contents can erode the esophagus, leading to more serious health problems.
Can you keep eating the same types of food as long as you eat slower or should you change your diet?
The type of food you eat is all a matter of personal preference. If you are really trying to lose weight quickly, I would recommend daily exercise and a healthier diet, along with eating your meals slower, to get quicker results. However, if you are happy with your daily diet, even if all you do is eat the same foods at a slower rate, you will consume fewer calories than before. In time, you will begin to crave healthier foods that will leave you feeling fuller and more satisfied in smaller amounts rather than snacks or fast food. Either way, you will begin to lose weight and crave a healthier diet if you simply eat slower.
Are there other things to keep in mind besides eating slower in order to eat properly?
Of course there are. If there weren’t, there would be no need for Diet Dinnerware! Along with eating slowly, here are a few other tips to remember to really make your body happy when you eat:
- Eat only when you’re hungry. If you aren’t hungry by 6 pm, wait on dinner. There’s no law on what time you need to eat your meal. On the other hand, being too hungry by meal time may cause you to overeat, so if you’re hungry before 6 pm, make sure you grab a healthy snack.
- When you’re eating a meal, stop when you’re satisfied, not when you’re full. The uncomfortable fullness you feel when you stuff yourself is a sign that your body is unhappy. Your stomach shouldn’t still feel hungry when you’re done eating, but it shouldn’t feel too full either.
- Have many small meals rather than only a few big ones. Eating 5-8 smaller-sized, healthier meals will help keep your metabolism up more than eating 2 or 3 larger meals a day. If you are eating regularly, your digestive system will constantly be working and processing the nutrients provided by the food. If your eating schedule is irregular, your body will store the food rather than process it since it doesn’t know if or when it will get more nutrients.
- Eat breakfast every day to jumpstart your metabolism early.
- Drink lots of water. Juices, sodas, and other drinks contain between 100 and 200 calories per serving, while water contains zero. Cut your calorie count and hydrate your body by switching to water.
- Make a habit of putting down your utensils while chewing. Take a break, and pick them back up again. This will also help you realize exactly when you start to feel full.
- Try different dishes. You are more likely to eat quickly and mindlessly if you eat the same meals all the time.
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