Learning to Chewing Properly Can Increase Weight Loss
Learning the facts about chewing can help you loss weight!
Most people don’t stop and think about chewing when they sit down to eat a meal.
They take a bite of food, chew until the food gets to a point where it is easy to swallow, then down it goes.
But, chewing unconsciously can actually hinder fast weight loss and also prevent you from getting the available nutrition from your your food. It is also one reason why the body may not feel satisfied after eating when you inhale your food and don’t stop to taste it fully.
When you take the time to chew your food consciously the taste buds in your mouth and tongue are able to fully register all the flavors. They tell you whether a food it bitter, sour, salty, or sweet. Some foods are a combination and by chewing your food well you will experience the various tastes which in turn enrich your eating experience.
There are other benefits, too. Chewing well helps you draw the nutrients out of the food. Your saliva has a chance to break the food down so that you can absorb the nutrients. This is actually the very first step in the digestive process as your body gets the correct digestive fluids ready to help you assimilate the food. Your brain also is better able to register satisfaction from the meal.
Now You Are Wondering How to Chew Properly
Since we are never really taught the facts about chewing and most people are not that in tune, here are a few tips to help you learn how to make chewing well a habit so that you can increase your weight loss efforts and nutrient absorption.
- When you take a bite chew it 35 times. Next time you eat note how many times you chew before swallowing. If you are like most people it is around ten times. See if you can increase each bite to thirty-five times and notice how much more flavor you register along with how much more satisfied your feel after a meal. You will also find you eat less because you get satisfied more quickly.
- Take a moment between each bite to rest. You may even try setting your fork on the table between bites and take a moment to consciously register what you are eating, along with appreciating the foods flavor. By eating slower you also increase your weightloss efforts.
- Drink a sip of water. You don’t want to drink huge amounts of water when eating or you lessen the effects of your digestive juices. However small sips between each bite of food prepare you for the next taste sensation.
- Notice the texture and smell of your food. Food has an aroma that also helps the body feel satisfied. And texture offers the tongue an opportunity to be conscious of chewing until your food changes to a state where you are utilizing the nutrients and the food is easy to swallow.
When you become conscious of these simple steps you will be taking the first step to chewing properly. You saliva contains the enzyme ptialina amylase that breaks down starch into sugar. As your saliva helps you breakdown your food the function of the saliva helps you digest
the vegetables that you eat raw so your body can access the nutrients.
Salivary glands also secrete salivary lipase (a more potent form of lipase) to start fat digestion. Saliva also helps kill potential food-borne bacteria.
Practice chewing consciously and notice how much more satisfied you are after a meal. You will eat less and your food will offer you greater levels of enjoyment!