Can you polish off a meal in under 20 minutes?
Have you ever been so hungry that you scarf down your meal and then suffer from the "Oh my god I'm full" feeling?
Well this might be impacting your health.
The first issue with eating fast is you don't give your body the chance to say it's full. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to send the signal to your brain telling you to stop. If you eat the amount your body needs in say only 10 minutes, that leaves another 10 for you to over eat. This ultimately can result in weight gain.
The other issue with eating too quickly is your food doesn't get digested properly. Many people suffer from digestion problems. The reasons can vary from stress, food sensitivity or disease. Another common cause for poor digestion can just be from lack of chewing. Enzymes in your saliva and the act of chewing are a major part of the digestion process. By swallowing food before it is totally chewed, larger than average pieces can end up further down in your gut. This makes it harder for the body to breakdown and absorb. This can result in undigested food when you go to the bathroom. This poorly digested food can also contribute to gas, bloating and cramping.
So chew your food thoroughly. Take your time to really enjoy the food and take breaks between bites if you struggle to slow down. Not only will you benefit by eating less food, but your digestive health might improve as well.