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Eating Fast to Save Time Is Shortening Your Life

Eating Fast to Save Time Is Shortening Your Life
From Lifehack - January 16, 2018

Brits only spend 41 minutes of their day, total, to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. To break that down, that means an average eating time of 8 minutes for breakfast, 13 minutes 45 seconds for lunch, and 19 minutes 27 seconds for breakfast.1Brits only spend 41 minutes of their day, total, to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. To break that down, that means an average eating time of 8 minutes for breakfast, 13 minutes 45 seconds for lunch, and 19 minutes 27 seconds for breakfast.1

Americans take just a bit more time, with an average of one hour and 14 minutes a day spent eating the three major meals.2

While any one of us could easily justify the need for speed when it comes to eating (after all, there are always so many more things to get done in a day!), people who eat too quickly are likely to become obese, or develop metabolic syndrome, both of which increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and strokeall of which can be deadly.3

Your Body on Eating Fast

When you rush through a meal, no matter what time of day it is, your digestive system cant keep up. When that happens, it cant trigger the little flags in your brain that let you know youre full. Inevitably, you overeat.

When youve ingested something, it takes a while for your stomach to catch up anywayabout 20 minutes, in fact. The process doesnt start until your stomach begins to stretch. So if you slow down and give yourself a little more time, you may find that if you stop eating sooner, you wont eat excess foods.

Eating slower gives your stomach more time to start working on the food

Think about the last time you were really hungry. Once you got your hands on food, you probably found yourself capable of eating just about everything in sight, and doing it quickly! You also probably suffered from serious heartburn later on. This is due to your stomach trying to catch up with the pace at which you were sending all that food down.

Eating slower and taking at least 20 minutes to eat at a time, allows your digestive tract to get a head start in the process of digesting the food.

Additionally, when you eat too quickly, air gets into your stomach and overloads it. While this can produce more acid leading to heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it can also make you embarrassingly gassy.

Eating at a slower pace can help you enjoy your meal

Granted, youll already enjoy your food more if you dont have heartburn, GERD, gas and bloating, but slowing down when youre enjoying a meal can help you savor whatever it is youre eating, as it allows you to be more aware.

How to Adapt the 20 Minute Eating Rule

1. Choose high-fiber foods that take more time to chew

2. Put down your utensils between bites

3. Try setting a minimum number of chews per bite

4. Find another slow eater and pace yourselves to them

5. Talk with people who eat with you and slow down your eating pace

Slow and Steady Wins

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