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Slow eating key to weight loss: study

By Ella Pickover

Slow eating could be the key to losing weight, a study suggests.

Cutting out after-dinner snacks and avoiding late meals are also linked to people shedding the pounds, researchers found. The new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, saw experts analyse health insurance data from 60,000 people with diabetes in Japan.

Participants were asked about the speed they ate food - fast, normal or slow - and other lifestyle habits including eating dinner within two hours of sleeping, after-dinner snacking and skipping breakfast.

After taking account of potentially influential factors, the results showed that compared with people who eat quickly, those who ate at a normal speed were 29% less likely to be obese, rising to 42% for those who ate slowly. And when compared with fast eaters, normal-speed eaters and slow eaters had reductions in waist circumference of 0.21cm and 0.41cm respectively, the authors found.

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