9 Bad Habits That Make You Fat

2. Eating Too Fast

Surely it doesn’t matter how fast we eat our food, if it turns out to be same amount of food overall, right? Well, yes, that’s true. But the problem lies in the fact that it takes our stomachs about 20 minutes to signal to the brain that we’re full.

That means that when you shovel in your food, you don’t realize that you’re overeating until it’s too late. It never does turn out to be the same amount of food overall.

Take your time – at least 20 minutes – to finish each meal. A study out of the University of Rhode Island found that people who ate slowly and savored their food actually took in 1/3rd less than those who crammed their meals. One good strategy for slowing down is to cut your food into smaller bites.

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