The more you chew, the less you eat, according to new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The study involved 30 men--16 skinny, 14 obese--who were videotaped while eating a meal. The researchers guessed that the skinnier subjects would chew each bite more thoroughly than the heavier subjects. It turns out they were right.
During the next experiment, the subjects were instructed to chew each bite 15 times, while another experiment they were asked to chew 40 times.
When the subjects chewed each bite 40 times, they consumed 12 percent fewer calories than when they chewed 15 times. The 40-chew group also had lower levels of ghrelin, a hunger-producing hormone, in their stomachs.
So there you have it: Chewing, along with diet and exercise, should be a part of your weight-loss routine.