Have you ever been told that you should chew your food a specific number of times before swallowing, and you should set your utensil down after every bite as you chew carefully? Well, it turns out there could be some truth to it. In fact, it is very helpful not only for individuals trying to lose weight and be more mindful while they eat, but individuals who have had the LAP-BAND® Procedure.
The LAP-BAND works best when you are not in a hurry as you
eat. You should take your time and chew very well. Take a small forkful, put it
down, and chew thoroughly. Only pick your fork back up after you’ve finished
chewing and swallowing. Your food needs to be mush in order to easily pass
through the band. If you don’t chew well, you may feel a little sick.
Chewing slowly will help you feel full. The LAP-BAND sends
the signal to your brain that you are full, so if you are eating too quickly,
your band and brain don’t have enough time to process. You may eat too much and
feel overly full once you are done. That is why you need to give your band a
minute for it to process. You may even feel the food move through the band. The
key is to pay attention to your food and your band to know when you’ve eaten
enough to feel satisfied. Not only does eating slowly help with eating less,
but you also enjoy your food more.
Some studies show that individuals who eat quickly may weigh
more than individuals who eat slowly. They may also be prone to gaining weight
over time. It may have something to do with hormones. Ghrelin makes you feel
hungry, while leptin makes you feel satisfied. As you eat, hormones will be
released to help you feel full and stop eating. The release of these hormones
can take upwards of twenty minutes, which is why you need to slow down and give
your brain time to receive these signals. If you eat slowly, there is often an
increase in fullness hormones.
Eating slowly, in addition to helping you eat less and feel
full, can lead to improved digestion and nutrient absorption.
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