Not Only What, But How You Eat

You try to balance your diet, picking out a nutritious variety of whole foods. That's one of the best ways to maintain weight and support overall health. But it isn't the whole story. Research published in the online edition of the British Medical Journal suggests that eating quickly and until feeling full triples your risk of being overweight. The eating habits of over 3,000 Japanese adults were studied between 2003 and 2006. 51% of the men and 58% of the women ate until full. 46% of the men and 35% of the women said they ate quickly.

The Bigger Picture: In this study, those who reported eating until full and consuming their food quickly were 3 times more likely to be overweight than those who only practiced just one or neither of these poor eating habits. So watch your portion sizes, slow down your pace. Then make a point of exercising regularly. In addition to the calories you burn, drinking a protein shake after working out in the gym can play a supportive role in your weight management efforts.
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