The way you’re chewing your food has an impact on your waistline. Here’s why. What if we told you there was a quick and easy way to lose weight that doesn’t involve changing your diet or ever even setting foot in a gym?Though it may sound hard to believe, numerous studies have found that the rate at which you chew your food, regardless of what you eat, is directly linked to your weight.
Chewing Increases the Number of Calories You Burn Each Meal According to a 2014 study published in the journalObesity, chewing until your food is lump-less increases the number of calories the body burns during digestion: about 10 extra calories for a 300-calorie meal, meaning that just by slowing down the rate at which you chew, you could potentially burn approximately 2,000 extra calories each month.
The study also found that chewing food more thoroughly increases blood flow to the stomach and gut, which may help to improve digestion and absorption of more nutrients from your food.Conversely, research has also shown that although your body still absorbs nutrients from food when it is chewed quickly, eating fast barely burns any calories.
In fact, when a research team tracked a group of people for eight years, they found that fast eating is linked to a 35 percent increase in a person’s risk for metabolic syndrome, a host of health problems that includes high blood pressure and blood sugar, poor cholesterol numbers, and excess abdominal fat.