Thursday, December 5, 2013

Eating slowly- a little secret with BIG results!

Eating slowly has been a big factor in helping me lose weight, and mainly just being  Satisfied  with my small amount of food I am eating.

It started a couple of years ago, I found a blog called and I started with a simple stopwatch like this

I would start the stopwatch and everytime it turned over a minute, I would take another bite.     Now I wasn't perfect, but I tried to have 5 bites take me 5 minutes  or  10 bites take me 10 minutes ect ect!! You get the idea!

That worked for a cheap option, but I got a little more fancy now a days with my iphone and I got the 99 cent app Eat Slower Pro, which I mentioned in a previous post.  There is also a free one for iphone and android phone called Eat Slower...

This is the free one

You can also use a free (exercise)interval timer app  on the ophone or other phones

I have found One Minute to be the ideal time between putting one bite to another in my mouth. You can set it anything you want,  if its slower than you have been eating, that's progress! 

Another thing I have noticed is that it has  taken me sometimes as long  or longer as my family  or nearly so to eat my measly little bites. This alone helps one to feel more satisfied. 

This especially helps those who have a problem with binge eating! If you tell yourself you have to eat each bite only once per minute, after while it doesn't become so fun to binge anymore. It actually becomes easy to STOP binging, a it becomes boring to sit there and eat!

Eating Slowly has been proven to help people lose weight! I recommend combining eating slower with bite counting, but even if you only start by  eating each of your bites with a minute between, I can almost guarantee you that you will lose weight.   You might say, no way, I would just keep on eating, but eating slower makes it way easier to stop eating.  When people binge or overeat, they tend to SHOVEL food into their mouth.

Eating slowly helps you savor your food. I don't nessesarily chew a long time or anything, but just pausing between bites makes a difference in how you enjoy what you are actually eating!

Eating Slowly helps you realize when you are full. Sometimes only a couple bites is all it takes to feel full when you have shrunk your stomach

Here are some quotes about some studies on eating slower

Recent research presented at a meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity showed that overweight men and women took in fewer calories when they slowed their normal eating pace. And a recent Japanese study involving 1,700 young women concluded that eating more slowly resulted in feeling full sooner, and thus eating fewer calories at mealtime.

Stretch receptors in the stomach are activated as it fills with food or water; these signal the brain directly through the vagus nerve that connects gut and brainstem. Hormonal signals are released as partially digested food enters the small intestine. One example is cholecystokinin (CCK), released by the intestines in response to food consumed during a meal. Another hormone, leptin, produced by fat cells, is an adiposity signal that communicates with the brain about long-range needs and satiety, based on the body’s energy stores. Research suggests that leptin amplifies the CCK signals, to enhance the feeling of fullness. Other research suggests that leptin also interacts with the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain to produce a feeling of pleasure after eating. The theory is that, by eating too quickly, people may not give this intricate hormonal cross-talk system enough time to work.

People who eat slowly tend to consume fewer calories and weigh less than those who eat quickly, research shows. Slower eaters also report enjoying their food more and having greater satiety.
It's believed that slower eating allows fullness and enjoyment to register in the brain before too much food is consumed, Melanson says

So try eating slower and see if you are not more satisfied and lose more weight!
A question someone could ask me is, how do you eat one minute per bite while away?  The Eat slower app mentioned above has a vibration option. I Just simply place in my lap and start it and it vibrates each time I should take a bite. I put it in my lap when I feel too conspictious away from home. I Have nothing to do with the companies or sales of the above metioned apps, just my personal experience
If you try eating slower, share your results in the comments below!


  1. Can you help me figure out how to set my eatslowpro to buzz rather than make a sound? Vibrate is not one of the options under settings??? I love the app, but would love it even more if I could use it in public. I am using it on an iphone. Thanks again for all your hard work writing this blog and linking to other bite diet sources. I am really enjoying it.

  2. Go to the bottom of your screen on the main page with a picture of a plate. You will see a clock icon at the bottom in the middle. Click on the little clock icon. This pulls up a menu where you can turn sound on and off and you can also turn vibrate on and off easily. :) it's not in the settings menu.

    Thanks! Let me know how eating slower works for you! :)