Losing weight is a totally mind game, so
having confidence and a positive attitude about your body is a great way to
start and stay motivated about your workout regimen. Yes! It is time to silence that
inner critic and forget about past failures. It's time to move
Many scientists have recommended
counting chewing, and slowing down eating, as doing this leads to improved
satiety. It takes your brain
about 15-20 minutes to tell your body when it has had enough, so slow down and
eat. Eating your meals slowly does all sorts of good things for your body,
including making you less inclined to overeat.
In this never-ending saga of weight
, a number of researchers are developing too ls that count how
much or how fast we eat. Researchers at South Carolina's
Clemson University have now developed a device that dieters can wear on their
wrists to count the number of bites they take of their food. It is called as
the 'Bite Monitor'; it is actually a watch-like device made to analyze the way
we chew. The researchers claim that it measures subtle wrist motions and
detects the food
with about 90% accuracy.
Eric Muth, a
psychology professor who created the device along with computer-engineering
professor Adam Hoover, told The Wall Street Journal
that it works a bit like a pedometer
for your mouth.
A study was conducted to
calculate the ideal number of bites in 77 people over a period of two weeks.
This study was published in the March edition of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
At the end of the study, based
on calculations, the researchers concluded the average number of calories per
bite was 17 for men and 11 for women. This meant that men taking 100 bites a
day would take in about 1,700 calories while women would take in 1,100 calories
- a number that represents a low-calorie
according to standards set by National Institutes of Health.
However, this concept will be
further researched in the near future which would also monitor intervals
between bites. A commercial version of the "pedometer for your mouth" is
expected to be ready in about a year i.e., in 2015 and will reportedly cost
about $195 (approximately £115).
Michael Jensen, an
endocrinologist and obesity
expert at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota said "If you're eating too fast, you're probably not chewing and enjoying your
food very well and you're probably going to be more likely to eat too
much," he said. So slow down and take smaller bites, that way you'll
reduce the risk of digestion
However, Dr Jensen pointed out that there is a downside to this. He said
"counting bites while eating pizza
or a chocolate
bar isn't exactly the
same as chewing on a carrot stick. Thus restricting people to 100 bites a day
might just encourage them to take bigger mouthfuls."
All this is fine, but the
question arises, "what about liquid food such as soup
You don't bite soup. So how do you calculate the number of bites in a bowl of
soup? Or if you eat two thirds of a bacon cheeseburger in a single bite, does
that still count as one bite? Thus, more detailed research is required on this.
Some Weight Loss Tips:
Keep track of what you eat, or in other
words, write down what you eat for one week. Various studies
have revealed that people who keep food diaries end up eating less food than
those who don't.
Try and cut down on the quantity of food i.e., eat 3 to 4 fewer bites of your
meal, one less treat a day, or one less glass of orange
juice. All these can help you cut down on the total calories that you consume
Do not eat out of boredom, nervousness, habit, or
frustration or in
other words, wait until you are hungry before you reach for food.
Look at yourself in the mirror when you eat. It will
remind you of your goal to lose weight.
If your job demands you to be at your desk all day, try and get up and take a
brisk five-minute walk every two to three hours. You will feel revitalized and
this will make you less likely to reach out for snacks.
Slow down during meals and sip water
frequently. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes for your stomach to register a
feeling of fullness. So, if you eat slowly your brain will send a signal to
tell you that you are no longer in need of food.
Take a walk before dinner, this will reduce your appetite
and increase your
sensations of fullness.
Science is evolving and changing every day. But one thing that you
could change in your life is the way you eat. Slow down to truly taste food and
thus savor the various flavors and sensory experiences associated with each