Eating slowly may actually help you lose weight

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Slow and steady slims the waist.

A new study claims that eating more deliberately could help lose weight, while those who wolf down their meals are more likely to become obese.

“Changes in eating speed can affect changes in obesity, BMI and waist circumference,” a research duo from Japan’s Kyushu University wrote in the journal BMJ Open.

“Interventions aimed at reducing eating speed may be effective in preventing obesity and lowering the associated health risks.”

The study involved nearly 60,000 Japanese people, and the results showed that the slow-eating group had a smaller average waist circumference, a mean body-mass index of 22.3 and fewer obese individuals.

By comparison, more than 44 percent of the fast-eating group was obese, with a mean BMI of 25.

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