There is now research behind what many people have thought; eat fast, eat more! Researchers from the University of Rhode Island found that those who ate slowly consumed 2 ounces of food a minute; medium-speed eaters, 2.5 ounces a minute; and fast eaters 3.1 ounces per minute. Kathleen Melanson, director of the University’s Energy Balance Laboratory said “Faster eaters take larger bite sizes and chew less before swallowing. “The slower eating is believed to allow fullness and enjoyment to register in the brain before too much food is consumed.
Some ideas for slowing down your eating rate. Pause before the meal, and also half-way before you finish. Cut your food in smaller bites. Set your utensils down between mouthfuls. You can also select high-fiber foods which take more time to chew such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Experts also say to focus on the meal and food as opposed to multi-tasking such as eating and watching TV or reading. Give yourself at least 20 minutes to finish the meal.
Always keep in mind that total calories do count whether you eat fast or slow!