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How Fast Do You Eat?

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Question of the weekI’ve been wanting to ask this question of the week for some time but I was too distracted by that little thing I had going on. ;)

Anyway, I have a co-worker who is very thin. She doesn’t look anorexic or anything like that, she just happens to have a very small frame and carries almost no extra fat on her body. Yes, I don’t want to admit there are people like this either but there are.

One day at lunch we were in the kitchen together. I was heating up my leftovers as I do almost every day and she pulled her lunch out of the fridge.

Two slices of meat-lovers Pizza Hut pizza.

Yeah… I know. All of a sudden my frozen pasta meal didn’t seem quite as appetizing.

I’m only kidding. I actually really enjoy my leftovers but the pizza did look good. I rarely get meat topped pizza anymore.

We walked back to the lunch room to meet the others and started eating.

I had quite a portion. To be honest I can’t remember exactly what I had but I just remember it being a lot. Like a double plate.

We all started eating and chatting. Before I knew it my meal was gone.

I glanced over at super thin co-worker and to my surprise she didn’t even finish her first slice yet!

I only say “to my surprise” because I would have literally scoffed down that pizza in about 2.2 seconds. I do have a pizza addiction after all. ;) But it’s about more then the pizza, I eat everything fast. I always have. Even the little guy notices at dinner and says things like “Mommy, you won the food race!”

yeah.. there’s a trophy I want. I win the prize for fastest dinner eater. Yay!

Anyway, I can’t help but notice that naturally-thin-girl is also naturally-slow-eater-girl. Coincidence? I’m not sure but I thought it made a good question to ponder.

So…. how fast do YOU eat? Do you think it has an effect on your weight?



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    amanda

    March 23, 2010

    I have always ate very fast as a child and grew worse when I was in basic training the military. Now it is craziness and my husband eats just as fast as me at times. I really believe it acts your weight because your brain doesn’t process the information that you are getting full until sometime it is too late.

    Elle @ Acquired Tastes

    March 23, 2010

    I have a naturally thin friend as well (loses weight under stress – drives me crazy!), and she is also a very slow eater. She always leaves bites on her plate too. My friends and I bug her about it and she says she has a small and sensitive stomach and that once its full, it hurts. I’m a fast eater, I learned from my dad, and I wish I could slow down.

    Alison

    March 23, 2010

    I am a speed eater, I inhale my food, I down it! And all my attempts to slow down fail me, by the time I realise I have inhaled it again too late to try my slow down strategies. I do think it affects my weight, but I’m not really sure how.

    You know, I have discovered recently that I eat much slower with company/friends than I do alone, and, as a result, I eat less than I normally would. I get sucked into the conversation easily, and forget about the food for periods of time… I must not be a good multi-tasker! :-)

    @benjamteal

    carrie

    March 23, 2010

    I just finished reading the Beck Diet Solution and there were two things that impacted me…to sit when I eat and to eat slowly. I always knew I was a “fast” eater but I never thought about how often I eat while standing, which tends to result in mindless eating. Since reading that, I’m going to take some time and focus a little more on “slow” eating (and to sit while doing it.) :) The other thing that hit home is “food wasted.” You can throw it out and waste food or you can eat it and waste food. Either way it’s wasted. One will keep you thin and the other will make you gain. I honestly never thought about that. It gave me a new perspective. That being said, like you said in your pizza addiction post~ it’s all about balance. It’s funny because I just blogged about healthy balance last week.

    I used to eat SO fast, and I’ve tried to slow down. I think it’s bad for your digestions as well as your waistline!

    Britt @ Runnerbelle

    March 23, 2010

    I do tease her about it on occasion, but my mom is a super slow eater and she is tiny. In the time it takes me to eat my whole lunch she has eaten maybe half a sandwich. But I think its due to being on the run so much, even from an early age. I can remember my mom shuttling me from one dance studio to the other, while I ate dinner in the car. Nope not a professional dancer now. LOL

    Laura Jane

    March 23, 2010

    Well, I actually eat pretty slowly. I’m always the last one at the table. Especially for desserts, I really savor them. If the husband and I eat ice cream together, he has literally 5 times or more ice cream than I do. I weigh out one actual serving of the light stuff (90 cals or 2 pts). He scoops and scoops from his non-light ice cream into a huge bowl (not a normal cereal bowl, that’s too small for him, he says). He can easily go through a 5 gallon tub in one week! Anyway, he always finish his much larger portion before I’m done with mine. Unfortunately, the eating slowly hasn’t really helped me with my weight. It’s probably because I’m more of an all day snacker.

    Mehgann

    March 23, 2010

    I tend to eat quickly. I notice that when I eat slowly, two things happen. I eat less, and I am able to enjoy what I am eating more. I used to eat so quickly that I think I ate more just to be able to taste the food!!!

    Krista S.

    March 23, 2010

    I’m cracking up. Your sarcasm in the, “yeah there’s a trophy I want”….just make me howl. Anyway, I would say I eat at a moderate pace most of the time, but if my partner is scarfing down quickly, then I sometimes find myself doing the same thing. I try to be mindful of it, but there are times when I just shovel. Slowing down is probably a good thing.

    Courtney

    March 23, 2010

    Considering the fact that I just scarfed down a big orange in about a minute, I would say that I’m a fairly fast eater. Although I wouldn’t say that I’m “fat”, I know that I am technically overweight. And would like to be not so much overweight. I think that speed-eating definitely plays a part in my struggle with weight-loss. It’s difficult to eat mindfully when you’re scarfing something down!

    I eat way too fast (always have!) and yes I definitely think it has an effect on my weight. I have tried everything like putting down the fork between each bite, chewing so many times, etc. I wish I could slow it down but it’s a big challenge that is for sure. I’m always up from the table before hubby starting on the dishes. Guess I should slow down and stick around yes? LOL

    Andrea@WellnessNotes

    March 23, 2010

    Yes, I eat very fast and always have. I try to be mindful when I eat and slow down. But when I’m very hungry, or distracted, or tired, etc. I eat way too fast…

    Reinaldo

    March 23, 2010

    For me, slow eating was a b*tch to learn. I stuffed my mouth so quickly. And there’s nothing wrong with that… until you ask for seconds. And thirds. What I did was chew a lot, drink a lot of water with my meal, enjoy every bite to the fullest, really concentrating on what I was eating (no watching tv in the table!). And after a month of trying that… yeah, it didnt work. So if anyone has this problem, just do what I did: get a shiny freakin tongue piercing! In the 3 recovering weeks (with a really really swollen tongue) you will eat oh so exquisitly slow that the habit will surely stick with ya. And after that, you still need to learn how to chew without biting it and chippin a tooth. But after all is done, you’re the slow chewing machine that goes pretty well with healthy eating habits. Sometimes I even forgot its there. It’s not an issue anymore. Sorry if I dont have a less hardcore solution, but thats what worked for me. I told you from the start that it was a b*tch to learn.

    Pilbara Pink

    March 23, 2010

    I eat slowly and I eat my meals in a particular order – always veges first. These are habits now but started as a deliberate ploy to aid weight loss. I eat all my meals from small dishes (side plates for dinner and latte bowl for cereal or soup) and it takes me as long to eat my meal as it takes my husband or guests to eat large dinner plate meals. I have lost 136lb and maintained +/- 11lbs that for around three years. Thinking about this made me remember that it started deliberately and now is totally habitual. I need to apply that to a couple of other habits (like snacking after /work before dinner) and make that habitual too. Maybe then I wil maintain within a narrower range!

    Sancho

    March 23, 2010

    I tend to be a fast eater when I’m alone, less so when I’m with friends. Being a single guy, though, I do eat alone a fair amount, so I’ve had to guard against wolfing down the food so fast that my stomach can’t send out the “full signal” until it’s too late.

    My breakthrough came when I noticed that while I was chewing one mouthful of food, I was already cutting and skewering the next forkful so that I could pop it into my mouth the second I swallowed the previous bite. I was coming as close as I could to non-stop eating without taking the food intravenously!

    Now I simply don’t let myself do this. While I’m chewing, I put the fork, knife, and/or spoon DOWN – there’s no preparation for the next bite happening until after I finish the food I’m currently chewing. After I swallow, then I can pick up the silverware to cut the next bite and get it into my mouth, but not before then.

    David

    March 23, 2010

    I am the fastest eater I know. And I’d have stolen the thin girl’s pizza. She wouldn’t know what hit her.

    Jess

    March 23, 2010

    I do eat really fast, but when I cook my own food, I slow down because I spent a lot of time making it so I better enjoy it. It has a huge effect on my weight. It takes 20 minutes for food to get from your mouth to your stomach, which means your brain is delayed on processing that it’s stuffed. So sometimes it results in “overeating”. But I don’t think it has AS much of an effect as overloading on excessive quantities of unhealthy foods. That’s usually my downfall (pita and tortilla chips, here’s looking at you).

    Alyssa

    March 23, 2010

    I am a fast eater too, and my sister (who you’d think would at least look similar to me) is super thin, and a slow eater! I definitely think that speed of eating has a lot to do with weight and overall health – when you eat slowly it’s so much easier to notice how much you’ve already eaten and think about how full you are, as opposed to wolfing down a whole plate of something just because it was all on your plate :)

    Sally

    March 24, 2010

    I eat E X T R E M E L Y slow! lol.. Its actually kind of annoying to me because i wish i could eat faster. Everytime i go out with my boyfriend or friends they rush me and i just physically cant eat any faster because im afraid im going to choke =\.. I definitely think that if i did eat faster i would eat alot more and i would gain a lot of the weight back that i lost. A few years ago i would basically just inhale my food and my weight went from around 200 to 245lbs in less than a year!

    Jenn

    March 24, 2010

    I eat way to fast. I try to slow down but it’s hard to remember…sort of like driving. ;-) I do think it has an effect on my weight (or did in the past) as in I didn’t (and sometimes still don’t) always realize I’m full.

    Jessica

    March 24, 2010

    I’m weird about food temperatures: hot food hot; cold food cold. So, I scarf down food before it becomes the dreaded room temperature.

    This is such an interesting topic. My husband has esophageal strictures and this forces him to eat VERY slowly. Basically he has to chew his food into complete liquid before swallowing otherwise he runs the risk of choking. In the time it takes me to eat a full meal (I eat pretty fast as well) he will eat 1/2-3/4 of a 3 oz chicken breast for example. Now, this is slower than anyone should eat, but he can not gain weight. We are actually trying to put weight on him and it’s impossibly hard because he eats so slowly. I’m not even going to get into how hard it is that we eat totally different things for every meal and trying to get one of us to lose and one to gain. He also gets full on less food because of it. In the beginning of our relationship (ahh the honeymoon days) I used to try to pace myself with him to eat slower, over time I paitence with that. This is a good reminder to rethink that decision. Wow Tonyne, ramble much? Sorry. :)

    Jenna

    March 24, 2010

    I also eat way too fast! I have tried to slow down and when thinking about it or in the company of people that I need to “impress” I eat very mannerly. When it’s just me and my husband, I’m always finished before him. I try to tell myself that it is because I’ve given him more food than I give myself but I know the truth… I must slow down. I think if I really savored the food it would help me feel full faster. I believe that I eat so fast I’m not able to tell when I’m full until it’s all gone. That’s the problem. I let my empty plate tell me I’m full rather than my body.

    Tammy

    March 24, 2010

    Have you ever noticed how kids are naturally slow eaters? We’re always encouraging them to “stop talking and eat your dinner!” “Don’t play at the table, eat your lunch.” “Hurry up and finish your breakfast, we have to leave soon!” It’s seems we are born knowing to take our time and eat, think of babies and the cuddle time they enjoy with their meals! But, our busy lives condition us to hurry, hurry. I remember my daughters never wanted to buy a hot lunch at school because the time it took them to get through a lunch line cut into the time they had to eat. Often their lunches boxes would return home half eaten because they didn’t have time to finish.
    So yes, I too am a fast eater. I scarf it down and sometimes wonder if I even tasted the food I ate! I also believe it does have an effect on our weight. Think about how many drive through meals we grab. It’s convenient, handy and fast. If we go in somewhere, we usually make a conscience effort to choose something healthier!
    Slowing down all around is definitely something to work on! Especially eating!

    Paige

    March 24, 2010

    I eat really slowly, because I want to savor my food, and I don’t want it to be “over.” I think taking time to eat makes you feel like you are eating more, even if you’re not.

    Missy

    March 24, 2010

    I’m a teacher, and many times we are left with 20 minutes to use the bathroom, walk to the faculty room, heat up our lunch, eat it, maybe use the bathroom again, get in 2 minutes of adult conversation, and then back to our kids. So, most teachers I know are CRAZY fast eaters. Now that I’m not a classroom teacher, I have more time to eat, but it’s so engrained now. And it carries through to all my meals. At dinnertime, I eat my dinner, and clean up the entire kitchen before my family is done eating! Now, of course, I eat less than my husband, but still… I try to be conscientious of how fast I’m eating- sometimes that’s successful, but most of the time it’s not.

    MaryB

    March 24, 2010

    LOL @ David!
    Since I started WW 3 weeks ago, I am eating slower. I make a conscience effort to put my fork down between bites. It seems to take me longer to ‘feel full’ than other people, at least in my opinion. If I eat fast, I eat way to much and feel really uncomfortable. So far, not concentrating so much on food and more on talking to others at the table seems to be working.
    Interesting observation Roni, thanks!

    shannon

    March 24, 2010

    I am a fast eater as well. In high school I worked at a gas station and did so for 5 years and I learned if I wanted to eat I had to eat fast in between customers. My husband now comments on how quickly I eat. It’s like I want to make sure I get it all. I have to tell myself to slow down and enjoy my food. There’s no rush, and then I will be much more satisfied as well

    Nichole

    March 24, 2010

    It’s bad I’m not only a fast eater, but I stand while eating. If I don’t my kids want to sit in my lap! So we all eat together at the kitchen barstools, but I’m usually standing. But I guess as long as you are watching the amount and quality of your food, it doesn’t matter how you eat.

    Mendy

    March 24, 2010

    I eat too fast as well. I really notice it at work too. There are some people who can buy a snack from the machine and make it last all day. I used to work with this one girl who was thin and she would get a candy bar from the machine and eat it over two days…when I get the occasional candy bar, it’s gone in 60 seconds!!! But I also noticed that the same girl would eat food about 5 times a day. She would bring in little bowl, no bigger than a cup and eat all throughout the day. I used to chew my food 50 times before swallowing to aid in digestion (read it somewhere). It allowed me to slow down but made my then boyfriend, now ex-husband think I was weird because I counted my chews! LOL

    Rebecca

    March 24, 2010

    Way too fast. After all isn’t hunger an emergency!

    Chriss

    March 24, 2010

    I think this is a wonderful topic as I too have won the food race and my girls notice it all the time. “Mommy, you eat so fast!” My youngest has even started to “race” with me-which bothers me, b/c I would never want to pass on this trait. I know I eat too fast-there is no way that my stomach has even a second to register how much I’m eating until I’m too full. I always forget the 20 minute rule about how it takes that long for the brain to register that the stomach is full and I’m sure that has a lot to do with why I overeat. Thanks for bringing this topic up-hopefully, I will be more mindful of it this week….

    Alisha

    March 24, 2010

    I just read the new Jean Nidetch book and she has a whole thing in there where she talks about thinner people actually putting the fork down and breathing during their meal….was very interesting to me as I am always the first one finished as well!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    March 24, 2010

    I tend to eat fast and get it over with. I come from a family that if you didn’t eat fast you didn’t get enough and as a teacher if you didn’t eat fast you didn’t eat. So speed eating is ingrained in me.

    But I notice when I take my time and slow down and enjoy I don’t eat nearly as much and I’m satisfied. Need to remember this more often.

    Beth

    March 24, 2010

    My husband is a very fast eater (meet his family and you’d understand why…if you don’t eat fast you don’t get to eat!) I guess he is why I eat so fast….I HATE to be left sitting at the table by myself….it’s just something I need to get over…..

    Lillian

    March 24, 2010

    I definitely think that whatever the reason-of-the-moment is for me, it’s the consistent disconnect that’s such a huge obstacle. Whether it’s eating fast, eating while driving, eating while in front of a computer or reading a book…they’re all distractions that keep me from being mindful about what I put into my mouth.

    Angela

    March 24, 2010

    I have always been a slow eater, almost always the last to finish eating at the table. I can remember my grandfather making a big deal about it in a restaurant when I was a child; it’s just always been my way to savor food and enjoy it. This habit, unfortunately, has not been a magic ticket to being thin. Don’t I wish!

    Jeri Lyn

    March 24, 2010

    I think i’m in the medium to slow range depending on how hungry I am. My husband eats way faster than me. I had begun to notice trying to speed up so he didn’t have to wait on me, but i’m trying to curb that. I actually let him take out his cell phone & play a game on it so I can eat slow & not feel rushed. :) It seems to help me if I eat slow because sometimes if you go slow enough the food actually gets cold & unappealing. Suprisingly I find that to be a good thing.

    Tania

    March 24, 2010

    I too am a fast eater. My family has always eaten fast, so it’s kind of ingrained. It definitely makes sense that if you eat too fast you don’t give your body a chance to signal to your brain that you’re full and you end up eating more than you need. Whereas slower eaters have more time to receive that signal and end up eating less. It just makes sense. I tend to be more conscious of it when I’m eating with others, but when I’m eating alone I don’t tend to worry about it. Plus, now that I’m counting calories I know I can eat all of the food I have portioned for myself without bad consequences, so I guess there’s less of an incentive to eat more slowly. It’s definitely something I should be more conscientious of with or without eating with others.

    Irina

    March 24, 2010

    WOW, what a topic!!!! I am probably the fastest eater I’ve even met. Really always have been. Since having kids (I am a working mom of 3 kids under 3, no jokes, please :) I started eating even faster (didn’t think it was possible, but apparently it is). I always feel like it is some sort of a race and at any moment someone will throw a fit or need something or we’ll have to move on to our next activity. My husband and I almost NEVER have dinner together during the week because he doesn’t get home until 8:30 or 9pm and I can’t really eat that late. Now, on those extremely rare occasions that we ARE able to sit down and eat together, it seems that I am done before he even gets started. Even when I know that the kids are in bed or at my parents’ house and there is really no chance someone will demand “mo-o-o-o-o-o-ommy!!!!” I still rush like crazy because I feel like it’s like an un-necessary interruption of something you actually must be doing (cleaning, cooking, laundry)—crazy, i know. Eating seems more like a mission—need to do it as quickly as possible, fuel up and move on to something more useful and productive. I wish I could train myself to slow down and be more “in the moment,” but really haven’t had much success with that.

    Kelly

    March 24, 2010

    Fast eater.. right here! And yes, I think it has contributed to my weight gain. I have no idea why I eat fast, I just do.

    Going out with friends is the worst. I am always the first one done. I have tried putting my fork/spoon down after each bite, but for some reason I am still first done. It’s horrible. My other half is a fast eater too, but he gets full quick so I’m not sure how that whole thing works out haha

    For someone that ‘enjoys’ eating, you’d think you’d want to take your time and ENJOY the food. But no, it seems like I always want to get it over with. No idea why.

    Here’s to trying to slow down the food intake! :)

    Laura

    March 24, 2010

    I am a very fast eater. At home, I eat with the t.v. on, too. I have horrible habits. My husband also eats quickly. I find that if I go out with people and have a conversation over the meal, that I eat more slowly, which gives my stomach to realize that it is full and to let my brain know this information. It is on my list of food-related behaviours to try to modify. I’m working on it. :)

    Stephanie

    March 24, 2010

    I am totally a fast eater and, to no surprise I’m sure, have weight issues. I have 2 co-workers who are just as you describe. Naturally thin and eat super slow. I try to think about it and slow down when I’m eating, but sometimes I feel like I just get into a trance and have eaten all my food before I even realize what I’m doing.

    My hubby doesn’t usually eat super fast unless he’s really hungry, but he eats like a bird anyways. Seriously, he’ll say he’s starving, then eat one hot dog and some chips and be like ‘I’m stuffed!’. WTH!?!? I can easily eat double my husband.. not something to be proud of!

    Claudia @... and so I ran

    March 24, 2010

    interesting … I think I eat fast and compared to my very skinny sister, I eat very little … she however eats very slow and always eats a lot of food compared to me.
    Also I’ve noticed that everytime I go to Europe everyone there is fairly slim and they eat meals very slow.
    My Husband is also a very fast eater, more so then me.

    kate

    March 24, 2010

    I’m a fast eater for sure. In order to combat this, I really take a lot of care to control my portions. This way, even if I eat quickly, I don’t eat more than I should. Furthermore, knowing that I only get to eat what is on my plate, I tend to spend more time enjoying what I’ve got. So it works two fold.

    love2eatinpa

    March 24, 2010

    i have a terrible habit of eating too fast. it’s like, just as your little guy said, i’m trying to win some trophy or something. i have to make a very conscious to slow down. sometimes i do it, sometimes i don’t. but at least it’s on my radar screen and that is progress for me!

    Lauren

    March 24, 2010

    For me it’s relative. I normally don’t eat very fast because I’m often distracted. I always eat breakfast at my desk. For lunch I’m usually reading or watching TV in the back room while I eat, and at home for dinner I’m usually watching TV or working on the computer at the same time. But that’s because I’m single and have nothing better to do with my time, hehehe.

    Jamie

    March 24, 2010

    Hi just found your blog and wow, what a lot of information to take in. And what a journey you’ve been on. I love how you continue the blog and how it inspires others.

    I’m and internet Fitness Coach and love seeing information out there like this. great job!

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    Lori

    March 24, 2010

    I have always been on the slower side eating wise ever since I was a teenager and had braces. My son however, makes eating slow a new art form. We have had to put a time limit on him for dinner because if we didn’t he would sit there s l o w l y eating until bedtime.

    Nia

    March 24, 2010

    I’m a super fast eater… I got that habit back in the day when I was an event planner and I only had 5 minutes to wolf down my lunch before anybody started looking for me… Even the BF is amazed! He tells me all the time that I’m the ONLY girl he ever met who eats FASTER than him… Oh joy! So now when I have dinner with the BF, I try to pace myself so that I could finish eating AFTER or at the same time as him… Boy is it EVER hard!

    Hmmm, I guess this is one of those things that gets tucked under easy-to-change habits that make you lose weight. Noted. I myself am also a fast eater. Everyone that promotes slow eating says, “enjoy the taste,” and I’m thinking, “I enjoyed it so much, I want more right now!”

    runningmom77

    March 24, 2010

    I eat really fast when I’m alone, or with the family (as I’m usually jumping up from the table to get things for the kids and inhaling in between) but I also eat very slowly when with a friend. I had lunch with a friend today, and if I were alone, I would have inhaled the whole thing. But I only ate about half of my meal and it took forever, I guess we were busy talking!!

    Sharon

    March 24, 2010

    I eat at the speed of light. And it never satisfies my man appetite!

    LOL!

    Rita

    March 24, 2010

    Fast eater, terribly fast until I started trying to lose weight. Spent months working on eating slower so I noticed my food. I felt a lot more satisfied if I spent 30 minutes eating some rather than 5, even if it was the same quantity.

    I find this pertains to eating while doing other things too, if I’m watching a movie or reading (or blogging) while eating I eat fast and don’t notice. I guess you could call it being mindful, it works, it took a lot of practice but I’m a believer now!

    Christie

    March 24, 2010

    I eat really fast. I also find that I don’t like to eat at the table usually — I’m on the computer or in front of the tv. Especially when I’m alone. If I try to eat at the table, I get bored and pick up a magazine or something. I’m pretty sure I’ve read something about this correlating to being overweight in some people.

    A

    March 25, 2010

    restrictive eater=sloooooooooooow eater. I like to take close to an hour with one meal. I need to speed it up! But I’m afraid of when it’s gone….because then it’s gone and I *can’t* have more. It’s really irrational.

    Katie D.

    March 25, 2010

    Oh Roni! Way too fast. I could so relate with how you felt about the pizza. Honestly, I think there is a strong correlation between how fast you eat and weight issues.

    Pocket

    March 25, 2010

    It depends, if I’m alone I go through food like a vaccum, I normally play my video games and eat at the same time so in between load times or cut scenes I try to eat as much as possible before the game starts again. If I’m with company I tend to eat slow and less food, it’s weird I’m not a fan of eating in front of people

    Katie

    March 25, 2010

    Guilty as charged. I am a total food inhaler. I don’t do it consciously. I just start shoveling and, before I even realize that I’m supposed to taste something, it’s gone. My BFF of 20 years is super rail thin and she eats SOOOOO slow. If we go out to eat I feel like she’s taken a bite and a half by the time I’ve eaten my entire meal. Maybe there’s something to that…

    Lauren

    March 25, 2010

    I tend to eat fast, especially since I live alone and I eat most of my meals alone, so I have no one to talk to or distract me. I think it definitely can impact your weight, and it also impacts digestion. I find that I can get pretty sick if I eat too fast (I have a bad stomach) and also, your body needs time to register that its full. So you can end up overeating without meaning to.
    Its not the case for everyone though. My mother is rail thin and she inhales her food like crazy.

    Kelly

    March 26, 2010

    Interesting stuff! I know a life coach who says that if people are stressed they shift into what she calls “lizard brain”- the reptilian part of our brain that lives in fight or flight mod. In that mode we think constantly of food and consume food much faster. It is a trait that was probably really useful to our distant ancestors but not so much for us!
    Evidently, making a food “off limits”- such as pizza or chocolate- will turn on this response in some people and result in the same seeking and super-fast consuming of food. I have noticed that if I am stressed out portion control is really vital- I can literally inhale an entire bag of Pop Chips or a box of crackers standing in the pantry if I don’t pay attention!

    Mary

    March 26, 2010

    Yes, I believe that eating fast has an impact on your weight. I learned to eat fast by watching my father. Everything was on a time table. I find now that I REALLY have to make myself slow down or my meal is gone in no time. I also have a very bad habit of eating standing up-we unfortunately don’t eat at the dinner table due to crazy schedules-I seem to rush through my meals, get dishes done so that I can sit down to relax-then I don’t relax because I’m getting stuff ready for the next day-My husband suggested taking a sip of water between every bite of food-something he saw on TV about Japan and how they eat-think I might give it a try-of course he is thin and can eat everything, but he is noticing that he needs to exercise more or the pounds creep up on him-

    Jenna

    March 27, 2010

    I know that we’ve moved on to the next question, but I want you to know that since this conversation, I have been very conscious about eating slower. I have been putting my fork/spoon down between bites and not picking it up again until I have swallowed the current bite. My husband commented that he actually finished eating before me. I’ve noticed, just in these last couple of days doing this, that I am really tasting my food, I’m enjoying the food I have, and I’m satisfied sooner. I got my Shape Magazine yesterday and there was a small blurb in it about how fast people eat. It says “Researchers at Greece’s Athens University Medical School foud that people who polished off a dish of ice cream in five minutes had 27% lower levels of the feel-full hormone peptide -YY (PYY) than those who took 30 minutes. ‘Eating too quickly may decrease the production of PYY, which can lead to overeating,’ says study author Alexander Kokkinos, MD, PHD.” Taken from Shape Magazine April 2010 pg. 158

    Kelly

    March 30, 2010

    Truthfully, I probably eat a little too fast, especially if I am eating while working, or watching tv, or something else that is distracting. I do slow down when I am eating with others, if for nothing else, I like to talk a lot and prefer to do that without a bunch of food in my mouth. :) Something I have recently been trying that I learned about from the therapists at my job is eating mindfully. To do this, I eat at a table with no distractions, not even talking, and try to be fully aware of each bite I take. The goal is to really engage your body with the meal, to taste each mouthful, and to tune in to the signals our bodies tell us about when we’re full. When I practice mindful eating I often find I am full before I have finished-which is a big deal for a former Clean Plate Club member!

    Lindsay

    April 4, 2010

    I am generally quick eater, but I am also very thin. I am in recovery from Anorexia and I think that I eat quickly so that I can just get it over and done with. I dont like to sit at the table forever, but also because I have a bigger meal plan than most it takes me a about the same time to eat my food. I am sorry if that is confusing, but i personally do not enjoy sitting at the table and eating!! :/