Everyone has that urge to hurry up and shovel down all of their food. Whether you are really hungry or just in a big hurry, we have all had those moments where we barely tasted our food, let alone enjoyed it. But what you may not know is that only can eating too quickly lead to stomach issues like indigestion, it can also hamper your ability to lose weight and keep it off.
Slowing down and enjoying your food can help you to appreciate what you get to eat and savor the flavors. This can make your meals more enjoyable, no matter where they are. But it can also help you to listen to your body more effectively and stave off hunger and cravings.
Put the fork down
It has been suggested that one of the best ways to slow down and pace yourself when eating is to put down the fork after you take a bite. That way, you are not rushing to put something else in your mouth. All you need to do is put your fork down, chew and swallows regularly and then pick up your fork again. These extra few seconds can make a big difference.
Sugary drinks and even diet sodas can trick your body into feeling that you are hungry even when you are not. That is why it is best to drink water with your meals. Some diet experts have even suggested drinking a glass of water before your meal, as it will help you to feel fuller faster, and since it is suggested to stop eating when you are about 80% full, a glass of water before your meal can help you to better recognize that level of fullness.
Give it 15
When you create a meal that is the right portion size for your weight loss goals, but still feel hungry afterward, it can be frustrating. But it may not actually be hunger. By waiting 15 minutes to make sure you are still hungry, you can learn to tell the difference between habit hunger pangs and the real deal.