What is the simplest way to control your weight? Walking? Jogging? Weights? Some combination of the above? No, according to a new study, simply slowing down when you eat is among the best strategies to control weight, and probably the easiest to implement.

The Japanese study found that people who eat slowly are 42 percent less likely to be obese than those who waft down their meals. Other studies have reported similar findings.

Why is slowing down beneficial? One key factor is that it takes about 15 minutes from your first bite of a meal for so-called “getting full” signals to reach your brain. And as the May 2018 Harvard Health Letter points out, “A person can eat a lot of calories in 15 minutes.”

So slow down and chew over the benefits of savoring each bite.

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