The amount of time you take to eat your breakfast, lunch or dinner, could determine to the amount of food you end up eating. So what’s the best time frame to finish up your meal?

Ideally, you should take about 20 minutes to have one entire meal. That is because it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register the satiety signal.  If you eat too fast, your brain won’t register this signal, and you will continue to eat more than what you need. A recent study also says that you must eat slowly and chew your food slowly, 40 times per bite. This suppresses the hormone, ghrelin, which is the hunger hormone that stimulates the appetite. Thus you feel full, satiated, and don’t end up eating more than required.

Most of us are always in a rush and don’t take more than 10 minutes to finish a meal, but let’s understand that this could be an underlying reason for weight gain. Mindful eating will help you savor your meal, and keep you healthy in the long run.

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