Why You Need To Stop Eating At Your Desk — Now

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UPDATE: This article was originally published on April 17.
If the stomach actually takes 20 minutes to “figure out” that it’s full, then what does that mean in terms of weight loss? Will slow eaters consume less food because the stomach has enough time to communicate with the brain that it’s full? Nutrition expert Lisa Moskovitz weighs in on the matter.
Expert's Take Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN: Have you ever forgotten if or even what you just ate? If so, you are probably one of millions who suffer from "fast-eating syndrome." While eating quickly might prevent being late to an important meeting or appointment, it certainly won’t do much to prevent packing on the pounds.
Recent research suggests people who eat slowly tend to consume fewer calories and stay fuller longer than those who eat quickly. According to another study, the quicker we eat, the less time we give our bodies to register fullness. Speed eating impacts the effectiveness of a gut hormone responsible for signaling the brain that you have had enough. As a result, we end up eating way more than we would have, which can lead to excess body fat storage or weight gain.
On the flip side, eating at a slower pace increases the response of an anorexigenic, or satiety, hormone called Peptide YY (PYY) and Glucagon-like peptide. Bottom line, the slower we eat, the more time we give our body to feel satisfied.
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