We’ve all seen it at the dinner table; the person wolfing their meal down at a pace that would give Usain Bolt a run for his money and see them finish their meal hours before everyone else has done. It can also be guaranteed that you have also probably done a similar thing – perhaps you were rushing for a meeting or needing to catch a bus, for example, and don’t have time to savour your meal fully. This may seem like a good idea at the time but, if you are looking to lose weight, it is essential that you do not make a habit of it and that you ensure you chew food fully before you swallow.
Chewing your food has numerous benefits to your digestion. It is a well known fact that chewed food is much easier to digest and you get much more out of your meal. This is because chewed food has a much larger surface area than unchewed food, so more of the enzymes are able to reach the food and break it down. If you don’t chew food, it is much less likely that you will be able to extract the most out of your food and, thus, will be able to lose weight much easier. If you chew food, the digestion process is much enhanced and you are much more likely to reap the benefits.
One of the other benefits of chewing food is that you are able to fully savour you meals and get a more enjoyable dining experience. When you chew food the larger surface area of the food ensures that much more of the food is in contact with the various parts of your tongue. The main advantage to this is that you are able to unlock the most amount of flavour from your food. Too often, we wolf our food down and don’t stop to taste it, which is a real shame. Much of the food that we cook is delicious but we never realise it when we rush our meals because we don’t chew food sufficiently so don’t get the maximum flavour from the food.
Through chewing food we can also be much more sociable at meal times. Too often the dinner table is silent because the family fails to chew food and this is a real shame. If food is chewed, you spend more time eating and, thus, more time chatting. Chewing food also means that you don’t overload your stomach. The stomach takes about 20 minutes to tell the brain it’s full. If you don’t chew food, you eat a lot more than your body can handle. Therefore, chewing food helps to prevent excessive eating and helps you to lose weight.
Weight Loss Tip: Chew each bite 12 times. This prevents overeating by giving your stomach time to realize what you have eaten.