The researchers looked at data from 60,000 people with diabetes over a six-year period. At checkups over the years, they were asked about their lifestyle habits, like how fast they tended to eat, alcohol use, and sleep patterns. They were also asked whether they tended to eat dinner within two hours of going to bed at night, snack after dinner, and eat breakfast.
Weight loss– Recent research has proven that it takes time for the brain to realize that it is no longer hungry. When you consume your food quickly, your brain may fail to register how much you’ve actually eaten and may cause you to end up eating too much. Many studies have shown that eating more slowly and more mindfully can help you eat less and manage your weight. Slower eaters are less overweight and gain less weight over time.
Increased satisfaction– Slower eaters tend to feel more satisfied after eating. Many times we have large bites on our forks and are loading up the fork the second we take a bite. This speeds up how fast we’re eating and how much we’re eating at that time.
Fewer cravings– Slower eaters tend to experience less craving after eating. For instance, we all “know” that it’s good for us to have a disciplined lifestyle ideally with meals at regular intervals but do we know for a fact that if we implement these changes, we’re going to lose weight?
Feel fuller- Slower eaters tend to feel more full after eating. Overall, those who reported eating slowly were more likely to be physically healthy and lead a healthier lifestyle overall.
Eat less frequently- Slower eaters tend to eat less frequently. Having dinner within 2 hours of going to bed and post-dinner snacking also correlated with a higher BMI. Skipping breakfast, however, did not seem to affect BMI in any way.
Fewer Calories– Slower eaters tend to eat fewer calories when they eat.
Better digestion- Slower eaters tend to have better digestion and fewer GI problems.