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MYTH BUSTER… DOES EATING FAST REALLY MAKE YOU FAT?

MYTH BUSTER… DOES EATING FAST REALLY MAKE YOU FAT?
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This is one of those things mom tells you as a kid “slow down, you eat too fast, it isn’t good for your health” yet she couldn’t really explain why so you just kept at it. It is very possible as a matter of fact the probability is really high that if you go by the believe that eating too much makes one fat. Once we’ve started eating there is really only two things that makes us stop; either we are satisfied or we just ran out of what to eat. This is where it gets complicated but I will keep it pretty simple.

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To achieve that feeling of satisfaction and fullness, multiple physiological reactions must take place. Hormones need to travel from the gut to the brain, providing feedback on how the eating process is going and stretch receptors in the stomach must indicate it is nearing capacity. Food takes a flash to get to the stomach and receptors can be slow to respond; eat too quickly and the all-full signal could take a while to come, causing you to eat a lot more than you probably should or want to and given that the stomach stretches relative to the amount of food ingested over a period of time, you could find yourself having to eat too much to feel full. So if eating much makes you fat well then eating too quick probably will also.

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If you find it hard to not race with your plate at the dinner table you could try putting your fork down between bites or stopping before you feel full and drink a glass of water. I can’t guarantee that these methods will always work for you but then what else is there to loose but weight? Again there are those of us who could eat a truck in a minute at every single meal, yet still look like we starving while others can gain weight just at the sight of food…


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