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Onederchic
08-11-2009, 01:47 PM
I have always been a person who eats rather quickly. Even now, I still do.

I am wondering how slow you eat and how many chews you take with each bite of food, what are the benefits/downside of that plus how does a person stop eating fast?


pintobean
08-11-2009, 01:53 PM
I'm a slow eater...always have been. I don't know exactly how slow I eat but relatively speaking I'm always the last person to finish food at the table. The only times I remember eating way too fast is if I'm really hungry. Hubby, on the other hand, is a fast eater. He tries to slow himself down some times.

wendyland
08-11-2009, 01:54 PM
You're supposed to chew???

I have a hard time slowing down and being conscious of my chewing.

You're supposed to chew until it's liquified. Have you ever seen the show "You are what you eat?" Or read the book? She talks a lot about chewing food. She actually gets (poo) samples from people and can tell that they didn't chew well. She tells people that there are no teeth in your stomach, so you need to chew your food. It will cause less work for your digestive system. Your body can also pull the nutrients out better. I'm sure there are more reasons, but I can't remember.


JulieJ08
08-11-2009, 01:56 PM
I used to eat very fast. It was embarrassing to always be done way before anyone else.

I broke the habit with a combination of trying to (being mindful of it while eating) and doing things like reading or internet surfing or doing puzzles while eating. I know that's the opposite of what they usually say. But I would take a bite, then focus on the other thing a bit, then take another bite ... It helped a lot. Whereas trying to do nothing but eat, and do it slowly - I just got too bored. Now, it's easier for me to do nothing but eat and do it slowly. But the other stuff helped me break the habit.

I find that the slower I eat, the sooner I get full, and the less I eat. Plus I feel a lot more civilized when not eating alone ;).

They say it takes 20 minutes for your food and brain to connect and tell you you're getting full. I believe that for sure. But, I also feel like the slow pace of eating itself affects how full I get. I think my stomach and brain respond differently. And I think it helps break the binging, stuff-your-feelings mentality.

jendiet
08-11-2009, 01:58 PM
I am a super fast eater too. I think you are supposed to chew at least 20 times??? And it helps to put your fork down and close your eyes.

beerab
08-11-2009, 02:00 PM
I would purposely do things to slow myself down, I put down my fork, take a sip of water. If I'm eating lunch with someone I put my fork down when I talk, and so on.

Now I eat much slower than before- gives me time to digest and feel full! I try to make each of my meals stretch to 20 minutes from my first bite to my last bite. If you find you are done within 5 minutes of starting then try to up it each meal by a minute or two :)

Course now my hubby complains I eat TOO slow lol ;)

Sunnigummi
08-11-2009, 03:12 PM
I eat fast. Always have and I think I always will. I've tried to slow down, but I can't seem to break the habit. I guess I'm not really interested in breaking the habit, which is why I haven't given it my all. To me, it's all about calories in v. calories out, so it doesn't make a difference how fast I eat my food as long as I don't feel like I'm swallowing the food in it's original form. I've learned to take smaller bites so that the little chewing I do has some effect. :)

rockinrobin
08-11-2009, 03:19 PM
I'm a quick eater. Eating slower is still something I haven't mastered and I keep saying I'm going to work on it - but never do. Obviously it wasn't all that much a factor for me as I've lost the weight and kept it off, but I wouldn't mind my food lasting a little longer. And since I can't eat any MORE food without gaining weight, the only way to make it last longer, would be to slow down...

I'm not sure why I gobble it up so quickly :dunno: . It's not like someone's going to take it away from me. Or are they? ;)

Lori Bell
08-11-2009, 03:39 PM
Out of curiosity Onederchic, when you smoked were you one who would light up and let the cigarette burn in an ashtray, or did you puff away until it was done?

I ask that because when I smoked I smoked very fast, people would even commit that I smoked like I was on a 5 minute break. I also eat very fast...and when I used to drink (alcohol) I would drink very fast. This was pretty dangerous habit for sure. It's like I want to get it over with or something.

JulieJ08
08-11-2009, 03:43 PM
I'm not sure why I gobble it up so quickly :dunno: . It's not like someone's going to take it away from me. Or are they? ;)

Only you ;)

caliyah
08-11-2009, 03:46 PM
i used to be a fast eater. Now, I force myself to eat slowly. I actually watch the clock. For smaller meals, I try to take 10 minutes. For large meals I try to eat it for around 20 minutes. Eating slower has helped me lose weight, it allows me to listen to my body and determine whether or not I"m actually still hungry. Naturally, I also drink two glasses of water before I start eating each meal.

Onederchic
08-11-2009, 03:47 PM
Out of curiosity Onederchic, when you smoked were you one who would light up and let the cigarette burn in an ashtray, or did you puff away until it was done?

I ask that because when I smoked I smoked very fast, people would even commit that I smoked like I was on a 5 minute break. I also eat very fast...and when I used to drink (alcohol) I would drink very fast. This was pretty dangerous habit for sure. It's like I want to get it over with or something.


No, I smoked each cigarette like it was my last, puffed it down pretty quickly..I don't know why though :?:

Bonnie+J
08-11-2009, 03:47 PM
loribell, thats really interesting about the smoking, i eat really slowly, and when i smoked i smoked slowly too! i wouldnt let it burn in the ash tray, but i took my time over each one, inhaled slowly etc. (god i miss them sometimes!) and i kind of do the same with my food. i eat really slowly and savour each bite. if its a combination of flavours i try to taste each one, and if i havent made it i like to guess at the ingredients. i'm a total food geek tho!

Echo
08-11-2009, 03:49 PM
i'm a fast eater aswell! i cant help it. i really try hard to slow down. but i just sometimes inhale my food haha.

lol at the above poster about gobbling it up and not like someone is gonna take it from you. maybe its an instinctual thing from our ancestors when food was scarce ! lol

but yes i will try to eat slower, but its hard.

i read in this book once. that you first eat normal speed for awhile whatever is normal for you. and then half way through eat much slower.

Onederchic
08-11-2009, 03:56 PM
I'm a quick eater. Eating slower is still something I haven't mastered and I keep saying I'm going to work on it - but never do. Obviously it wasn't all that much a factor for me as I've lost the weight and kept it off, but I wouldn't mind my food lasting a little longer. And since I can't eat any MORE food without gaining weight, the only way to make it last longer, would be to slow down...

I'm not sure why I gobble it up so quickly :dunno: . It's not like someone's going to take it away from me. Or are they? ;)


Yep, my old 330 pound self is coming after ya so you better take your food and run :o

JulieJ08
08-11-2009, 04:01 PM
lol at the above poster about gobbling it up and not like someone is gonna take it from you. maybe its an instinctual thing from our ancestors when food was scarce ! lol

It's been proven to be an instinctual thing from restricting calories.

Aclai4067
08-11-2009, 04:19 PM
I eat quickly. And I'm actually a tongue thruster (I press my tongue against my front teeth when I swallow). When I was a kid I had to go to tongue therapy and when I ate I had to eat with a mirror in front of me (how tourturous for a fat kid!) It didn't work, I still do it, but I digress. The main things they attempted to train me to do in order to eat slower were to put down my fork after each bite, take a deliberate breath, take a sip of water, another breath, the next bite.

Duchesssammi
08-11-2009, 05:21 PM
:p I am also a fast eater.

I love Dr. Gillian McKeith - You are what you eat. on the BBC...I learned alot from her and I have her 3 books I want to make sure I have all her books.
She is great Now if only I can follow the diet she lays out. ;)

rockinrobin
08-11-2009, 09:30 PM
It's been proven to be an instinctual thing from restricting calories.

Restricting calories? OMG. You made me laugh out loud. Literally. What, are you kidding? I must have been packing away 5000 - 6000 calories a day. Maybe more. You gotta eat fast when you're eating that many calories. There's just not enough time in the day otherwise. ;)

Onederchic
08-11-2009, 09:31 PM
Haha, I agree RR :D

JulieJ08
08-11-2009, 09:42 PM
Restricting calories? OMG. You made me laugh out loud. Literally. What, are you kidding? I must have been packing away 5000 - 6000 calories a day. Maybe more. You gotta eat fast when you're eating that many calories. There's just not enough time in the day otherwise. ;)

Nope. They showed that on restricted diets, when food became available again, people binged and ate fast.

rockinrobin
08-11-2009, 10:08 PM
Nope. They showed that on restricted diets, when food became available again, people binged and ate fast.

Huh? What does this have to do with anything that I've said?? It just doesn't seem apropos.

mygritsconfessions
08-11-2009, 10:16 PM
Hey Onderchic,

I eat fast, wayyyyy tooo fast. My children (adults now) do also. I don't know why, I mean you would think we were starving to death! LOL.......I wish I knew how to slow down, but when I try to change my habits, it only lasts a few days, and I am back at the race again. I watched that show with the guy who taught about eating slower, chewing 25 times, laying the fork down, enjoying your food and all. I tried it for a week or so and it really helped, but as always I went back to my way of eating - the Indianapolis 500!

JulieJ08
08-11-2009, 11:08 PM
Shrug, I guess it's OK because I don't get your confusion either, so I don't even really know how to clarify. Maybe putting the whole thing in one string will help. Echo commented about maybe we gobble our food because of our ancestral roots, and I referred to studies that show that restricting calories makes people gobble their food. I thought it seemed connected, YMMV.

Echo: lol at the above poster about gobbling it up and not like someone is gonna take it from you. maybe its an instinctual thing from our ancestors when food was scarce ! lol

JulieJ08: It's been proven to be an instinctual thing from restricting calories.

rockinrobin:
Restricting calories? OMG. You made me laugh out loud. Literally. What, are you kidding? I must have been packing away 5000 - 6000 calories a day. Maybe more. You gotta eat fast when you're eating that many calories. There's just not enough time in the day otherwise.

JulieJ08: Nope. They showed that on restricted diets, when food became available again, people binged and ate fast.

Huh? What does this have to do with anything that I've said?? It just doesn't seem apropos.

rockinrobin
08-11-2009, 11:18 PM
Shrug, I guess it's OK because I don't get your confusion either, so I don't even really know how to clarify. Maybe putting the whole thing in one string will help. Echo commented about maybe we gobble our food because of our ancestral roots, and I referred to studies that show that restricting calories makes people gobble their food. I thought it seemed connected, YMMV.

Gotcha.

megwini
08-11-2009, 11:43 PM
I have always been an obnoxiously slow eater. I bug people because I take forever to finish my meals. My idea of eating fast is other people's idea of eating normally. :lol: I have this problem with swallowing.. like I'll think too much about the act of swallowing and it will become more and more difficult to do without having only a little food to swallow at a time... kind of a mental problem, I guess. One of my biggest fears is of choking, and that kind of ties into it, I think.
Anyway, to get back on topic... honestly, I wouldn't worry about how fast you eat unless YOU are bothered by it. Don't try to change it just because you feel you're "supposed to." Just make sure you track how much you eat and don't overeat and eat in the way that makes you most comfortable. Otherwise eating will just start to seem like a chore!

Onederchic
08-12-2009, 10:10 AM
I have even had someone tell me once that I was gonna get a speeding ticket because I was eating so fast :o

rockinrobin
08-12-2009, 10:25 AM
I have even had someone tell me once that I was gonna get a speeding ticket because I was eating so fast :o

Wow... That's fast. Too funny.

Onederchic
08-12-2009, 10:27 AM
:rofl: Funny now, yes but at the time I was so embarrassed...but it didn't stop me from shoveling the food in :o :rofl:

mayness
08-12-2009, 12:48 PM
honestly, I wouldn't worry about how fast you eat unless YOU are bothered by it. Don't try to change it just because you feel you're "supposed to." Just make sure you track how much you eat and don't overeat and eat in the way that makes you most comfortable. Otherwise eating will just start to seem like a chore!

THIS. I'm a fast eater, and I've tried to slow down before, but then my meals just make me miserable and I end up overeating later because I'm not "satisfied" enough. I've eaten faster than average as far back as I can remember - I was probably 6 or 7 years old when people starting pointing it out to me.

I've read all that stuff about how it takes time for your body to realize you're not hungry anymore, so I'll eat the amount I plan on eating, and then regardless of how I feel, I wait a while. If I'm still hungry in 20-30 minutes, there will still be food available somewhere.

So, I've decided I will just keep eating fast, and I'll laugh politely at everyone's dumb jokes about it for the rest of my life. :dizzy: I do slow down a bit in public now, for that reason. But if I'm by myself, you better believe I'm eating lunch in 10 minutes or less!

Annita
08-12-2009, 02:42 PM
i think i eat fast, but whenever im done with my meal, it's 20 minutes later. So i guess it's slow enough. I used to eat VERY fast - like 5 minutes per meal. But I broke that habit by eating smaller bite :)

i find this : You're supposed to chew until it's liquified : is rather disgusting though. I tried and it's just... horrible taste. My cousin likes to chew until that though. I just cannot

walking2lose
08-12-2009, 03:09 PM
I'm a slow eater...always have been. I don't know exactly how slow I eat but relatively speaking I'm always the last person to finish food at the table. The only times I remember eating way too fast is if I'm really hungry. Hubby, on the other hand, is a fast eater. He tries to slow himself down some times.

This describes me exactly. It was kind of a joke in my family growing up. I'm not sure what it means, but I know I really do enjoy my food. I HATE it when I am in a hurry when I'm trying to eat - I can't enjoy it, and I'm really not good at gulping it down.

walking2lose
08-12-2009, 03:12 PM
I eat quickly. And I'm actually a tongue thruster (I press my tongue against my front teeth when I swallow). When I was a kid I had to go to tongue therapy and when I ate I had to eat with a mirror in front of me (how tourturous for a fat kid!) It didn't work, I still do it, but I digress. The main things they attempted to train me to do in order to eat slower were to put down my fork after each bite, take a deliberate breath, take a sip of water, another breath, the next bite.

That's interesting, and something I've never heard of. Pardon my curiosity, but does that cause any damage to your teeth - like an overbite? Or does it have to do with your mouth shape/teeth in the first place?

Arctic Mama
08-12-2009, 05:07 PM
I am a very fast eater, it got much worse after I worked at a restaurant where all my daily food had to be eaten in a half hour break :(. These days I have no reason to eat quickly but it is still a hard habit to shake. I am so busy trying to keep my toddler from throwing food or spilling and my infant from getting mad because the spoon isn't coming fast enough... my biggest challenge is to not just mindlessly inhale whenver I get a spare moment, and not to graze on their leftovers because I have a hard time throwing food away. I am doing 100x better at not mindlessly grazing leftovers, but eating slowly is still a work in progress :)

rockinrobin
08-12-2009, 05:30 PM
That's interesting, and something I've never heard of. Pardon my curiosity, but does that cause any damage to your teeth - like an overbite? Or does it have to do with your mouth shape/teeth in the first place?

Another tongue thruster here, former tongue thruster that is. It gave me buck teeth. It doesn't have to do with the shape of your mouth. It's just that the tip of my tongue rested on my two front teeth. I too went for therapy. And then they gave me a retainer with a little "gate" coming down from it. It forced my tongue in the proper place.

walking2lose
08-14-2009, 01:53 AM
Wow. Interesting stuff. Glad you were able to correct it.