8 Mistakes That Are Slowing Your Weight Loss

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1. You eat too fast

Ever notice how most thin people take their time to eat? One trick to losing weight is to eat at a slow place. If you have hard time losing weight then you’re probably doing the exact opposite – you’re eating way too fast! Slow down now. If you ever want to lose some weight, don’t make the mistake of racing to the finish line with every meal. Take your time and enjoy your food.

We can’t blame you for treating your meal like some hot dog eating contest. We live in a fast-paced world – always busy and ever-hurried. Skipping meals only makes it more difficult to take smaller bites and eat at a slower pace, since by the time food is on our plates, we’re already too famished!

Whenever you eat too fast, you consume more calories than you need without realizing it. That’s because as soon as you start eating, it takes 15 to 20 minutes for your brain to send out signals that you are full. So whatever you eat within 15 to 20 minutes after you start a meal will be taken in by your body without giving you the feeling of fullness, even though you’ve actually had too much in one sitting. Eating slowly allows you to eat less and will still leave you feeling full by the end of the 20-minute time limit.

Research proves the connection between weight gain and how fast we eat our food. One study, which was presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, found that overweight men and women consumed fewer calories when they ate slower than their normal eating pace. In Japan, a study of 1,700 young women showed that eating slowly gave them the feeling of fullness faster, resulting in less calorie consumption during meals.

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