A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports offers a surprising way you might lose weight – chewing your food more slowly. Researchers studied 11 healthy men and had them consume the same amount of food in three different ways. When they chewed the food for 30 seconds before swallowing, they had increased diet-induced thermogenesis, which means they generated more heat in their bodies during eating. It was a minor increase, but the researchers argued that done over a long period of time, slow chewing of food could lead to large changes. In addition to generating more heat, slow chewing might lead you to eat less in each meal. It also might lead to less impulsive eating behaviors.
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