Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Are We Full Yet?

There was a brief article in yesterday’s Health Section that people who eat rapidly until they are full are three times more likely to be overweight than those who eat slowly. That actually did not come as news to me, and I happen to know the reason for it, which I’m going to share with you whether you want to know it or not.

Most people think that all messages are carried throughout your body by nerves, but that is not the case. The message that your stomach sends to your brain to tell it that you are full is a chemical message. The chemical is formed in the abdomen, enters the bloodstream and is carried to the brain, where it tells the brain that you should stop eating. If you are eating rapidly, you will have ingested quite a bit of food while the message is in transit.

Eat slowly, with a couple of minutes between bites. You will savor the taste of the food with greater pleasure, and you will gain less weight.

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