When it comes to losing weight and having the body we desire, most people focus on the age-old principle of eating less and exercising more. Few of us, however, pay any attention to how fast we eat. What’s speed got to do with it? As it turns out, quite a lot. It just so happens that eating fast or eating slow can be a powerful determiner of body weight.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2009 showed that eating a meal quickly, rather than at a slow pace, diminishes the release of hormones in the gut that help create the feeling of being full. When these hormones are low, the unwanted result is overeating. The body needs time to regulate the chemical messengers that control our food intake.

So many people believe they have a willpower problem when it comes to food and appetite. We recognize when we’ve eaten a robust meal, and we can’t understand why we want to keep eating. The good news is that there’s nothing wrong with our willpower. We just eat too fast and without awareness.
Slow eating is a natural appetite regulator and powerful nutritional practice for full digestion, assimilation and calorie burning capacity.

So the next time you sit down to eat your favorite treat, try going slow, really slow, savor the eating experience and truly enjoy each and every bite.

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.