The first week of January has come and gone and if you are anything like me then you are probably already annoyed by the number of so-called weight loss and diet programmes being advertised.
Sure, perhaps it’s necessary to drop a few extra pounds after the festive season… but do they have to rub your nose in it?!
Chew on this!
What if the key to dropping those extra pounds and staying trim – even while enjoying your favourite food – is not by starving yourself or exercising like a beast, but by simply chewing your food more?
That’s right. Weight loss through chewing!
In a recent television experiment, Dr Xand van Tulleken, an Oxford and Harvard educated nutrition expert showed how women who chewed every forkful of their food 35 times ate nearly 30 per cent less than those who chewed their food just 15 times.
On average, people chew each mouthful of food 15-20 times. However, studies show the overweight and obese people tend to chew their food less.
For his experiment, Dr van Tulleken asked 20 women to eat a large plate of pasta and to stop when they felt full. Half of the group were asked to chew each mouthful 15 times, and the other half 35 times.
At the end of the meal, the remaining food on the plates was weighed and it was found that the fast eaters consumed an average of 468 calories, whereas the thorough chewers felt satisfied after just 342 calories.
That’s a difference of 126 calories!
And if you are a stickler when it comes to counting calories, 126 calories all add up over the course of a day’s eating.
And according to Dr. van Tullenken, his experiment proves that chewing really is a safe, free, and proven diet tool with absolutely no side effects.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can continue to gorge away on junk and sugary foods for the rest of 2017. Following a healthy and balanced diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy saturated fats and animal protein will go a long way to help keep your waistline in check.
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How chewing for longer helps you eat 30% less, published online 05.01.17, dailymail.co.uk