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    Eating Slowly Can Help Lose Weight

    November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

Eating Slowly Can Help Lose Weight

Losing weight is a difficult task, especially when you’re trying to take on a challenge like Insanity, P90X, Turbofire…etc.  Your schedule is busy and consumed with work, chores, after school activities for the kids and an assortment of other tasks you must complete.  This is why we’re here to help keep things simple for you as you go through this process.

When dealing with the P90X Nutrition Guide, Insanity Nutrition Guide or the Turbofire Nutrition Guide for example, you need to take your time with the foods in them, eat slowly and enjoy the moment!  My wife is going to roll in the floor when she sees that I wrote this, she is ALWAYS telling me to slow down and eat slow!  So I decided to do a little research on it and here’s what I found, by simply reducing the speed from which you eat, you’re able to drastically slash the amount of calories you bring into your body, which in return helps you shed the pounds and move closer to that desired fitness goal.
A study, performed by the University of Rhode Island and published on USA Today Online, found individuals who eat slowly consume about two ounces of food per minute, while medium-speed eaters take in 2.5 ounces. Faster eaters breeze through 3.1 ounces of food in a minute as the bite sizes are larger. Because the food is larger, less chewing is performed and more food is inserted into the mouth, it takes the person longer to feel full, as it just doesn’t give the body enough time to register this fact. Due to this, the person who eats faster actually takes in more than necessary, simply due to the rate of speed in which they eat. According to the study, it takes the body at least 20 minutes to register a feeling of satisfaction, so when the food is consumed so quickly, more food is generally eaten than what is required to reach this feeling. In order to slow down on consumption, the study points out it is important to take breathes between bites and to chew slowly. On top of this, using food heavy in fiber is important, as it requires more chewing and helps slow down the consumption process. When looking at the numbers, if a slow eater dines for 20 minutes, at two ounces a minute, this results in 40 ounces of food. If you talk with those around you during the 20 minutes, it reduces the amount of food eaten further. However, the fast eater consumes 62 ounces in the same period of time, increasing the amount of food consumed (and the amount of calories) by 50 percent.

According to the Obesity Society in Orlando, men who eat quickly bring in about 80 calories per minute while eating quickly. However, when this is slowed down, the calories consumed is slashed down to 52 calories per minute. The same study found when eating quickly, women took in 646 calories in a nine minute span, but saw this drop to 579 calories in 29 minute.  If 67 calories are saved on every meal, this allows the person to shed 201 calories in a day, or 1407 calories in a given week. This equals over 73,000 calories in a full years time, which equals about 21 pounds. Losing 21 pounds in a year without any further exercise or changing of diet is an incredible number, especially if the only thing you need to adjust is the speed of which you eat your food.

So imagine if you add 21 lbs. to the success you’ll get working with us on P90X, Insanity, Turbofire or any of the Beachbody programs….how that would feel!?!  This doesn’t even factor in your Shakeology which then brings the weightloss up even more.  When you think about it, I guess I have to say the dreaded words all husbands hate to speak, “Honey, you were right!”

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