We all know diet and exercise will likely help you lose weight, but it turns out there are three simple things you could be doing that may make it easier to take off those extra pounds. New research, published in the journal “BMJ Open,” suggests that for better weight loss results people should eat more slowly, avoid snacks after dinner, and not eat within two hours before going to bed.
The study examined data on thousands of people with diabetes in Japan between 2008 and 2013. Participants were asked whether they would categorize their eating as fast, normal, or slow, with data showing that those who said they ate slowly were 42% less likely to be obese than fast eaters, while those who ate at normal speed were 29% less likely to be obese. The study also found that those who don’t snack after dinner, and those who didn’t eat within two hours of calling it a night also saw more weight loss.
While the study didn’t say why these factors help with weight loss, previous studies have looked at why the speed at which a person eats may be a factor. It is believed that those who eat fast miss out on their body telling them they are full so they eat more, while those who eat more slowly tend to eat smaller portions because they are more likely to recognize their body telling them when they are full.
Source: CBS News