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5 Consequences of Eating Fast

Eating fast and not chewing enough, in general, causes you to eat more calories and therefore gain weight, in addition to producing other problems such as poor digestion, heartburn, gas or a bloated stomach, for example.

Eating too fast means that the stomach doesn't have time to send signals to the brain that it's full and it's time to stop, which typically takes 15 to 20 minutes, resulting in increased food intake.

Thus, some consequences of eating fast can be:

1. Weight gain

The brain and stomach work together to control appetite, but this process is not instantaneous. When eating quickly, the satiety signals are not allowed to be transmitted to the brain, which take 15 to 20 minutes to arrive, indicating that you no longer need more food because you are already full. This makes eating more food, consuming more calories than the body needs, storing them in the form of fat and making the person fat.

2. Bad digestion

When you eat fast, there is an increased risk of indigestion, because the food is not chewed correctly, taking longer to be digested by the stomach, causing symptoms such as a burning sensation, heartburn, reflux and a feeling of a heavy stomach, for example.

3. Swollen belly

Eating too fast can cause abdominal distension, due to two factors, firstly because the digestion process is slower, because it swallows larger pieces of food, making the intestinal transit slower, and secondly, it is more easy to swallow air causing the belly to swell, causing belching and gas.

4. Increased risk of heart disease

Since eating fast can lead to weight gain, there is a greater risk of developing heart disease, especially if fat accumulates in the abdominal region. This happens because the excess of fat in the blood facilitates the formation of fatty plaques that can make it difficult for the blood to pass through and even break off and obstruct the vessels, causing a stroke or heart attack, for example.

Generally, other illnesses that are related include high blood pressure, increased blood triglycerides, increased bad cholesterol, and decreased good cholesterol.

5. Increased risk of diabetes

Eating quickly causes a hormone called insulin, which is responsible for regulating the entry of blood sugar into cells, to raise your levels by varying the amount of sugar in your blood, which together with increased weight and abdominal fat can develop. over time a diabetes.

-What to do to eat more slowly

Some tips for eating slower, improving digestion, and lowering your risk of obesity include:

-Dedicate at least 20 minutes to the meal , in a quiet and noise-free place;

-Be focused on the meal, avoiding distractions, such as eating in front of the television or at the desk, for example;

-Cut food into smaller pieces so they are easier to chew;

-Stop between each mouthful to reflect on whether it is full or not;

-Chew about 20 to 30 times the food; and for those foods that are softer in consistency, about 5 to 10 times.

In addition, there are other techniques, such as mandarin meditation, in which it is recommended to eat the fruit slowly, reflecting on the process of nature to produce it and the work required to make it reach the table, smelling its aroma and savoring it. the sweet and citrus flavor.

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