Anita Kemp Ph.D. Blog

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Eat Slow, Lose Weight

Yes, it is true that when you eat slowly, you will eat less and lose weight. The brain needs to get the informaton that the stomach is full. The process is a wonderful interaction of receptors, hormones and nerves. The vagus nerve signals to the brain about the fullness of the stomach. CCK hormone is released by the intestines and gives another signal to the brain of fullness. Leptin, produced by fat cells, transmits another bit of information about satiety. Leptin reverberates with CCK to amplify the fullness signal. Leptin also connects with dopamine in the brain to give the feeling of pleasure. All this takes some time. It also takes awareness of your body signals. Eating too fast or not focusing on eating can result in your lack of awareness. Then you can bypass these signals and overeat. Also you will not be enjoying your food. Take more time and feel the pleasure of your eating.

October 5, 2010 - Posted by | weight management

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