Study proves chewing more helps you lose weight
It’s not just any more what you eat that can affect your weight. A new study shows that people who chew their food more take in fewer calories, resulting to eventual weight loss.
The study was spearheaded by Jie Li and his colleagues from the Harbin Medical University in China. Researchers examined the eating patterns between 14 obese men and 16 men within the normal weight range and compared this to certain hormones attributed to one’s appetite.
During an interview with reporters, the study’s co-author Shuran Wang told reporters that the results of the study showed that those that those that were within the normal weight range chewed their food longer than the participants who were obese, confirming previously conducted studies on the effect of a person’s chewing habits to his or her weight.
Wang explained that the data collected among those that chewed their food longer a significant effect towards the level of hormones associated with a person’s appetite. They found that those that chew their food longer have significantly lower levels of the gherlin (the hormone responsible for making a person feel hungry) and higher levels of CCK–the hormone responsible for suppressing appetite.
In addition, they discovered that those that chewed their food more to take in 12 percent lesser calories as opposed to those that did not. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Obesity Research at the University of Washington in Seattle, said that this would eventually cause a person to lose as much as 25 pounds in a year.
As a result of the findings, the study has now opened more avenues for further research on the relationship of various eating behaviors to the development of obesity, particularly among women and various ethnic groups.
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