The findings show changing these eating habits was strongly associated with lower obesity
Researchers discovered slowing down the speed at which we eat, as well as putting late suppers and midnight feasts to bed, helped us shed the pounds.
The findings, published by the online journal BMJ Open, show changing these eating habits was strongly associated with lower obesity and smaller waistlines.
The researchers based their findings on health insurance data for nearly 60,000 people with diabetes in Japan who submitted claims and had regular health check-ups between 2008 and 2013.
The claims included information on the dates of consultations and treatments, while the check-ups included measurements of body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference, and the results of tests for blood chemistry, urine, and liver function.
During the check-ups, the participants were questioned about their lifestyle, including their eating and sleep habits as well as alcohol and tobacco use.
Study author Dr Haruhisa Fukuda, of Kyushu University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan, said: “They were specifically asked about their eating speed, which was categorised as fast, normal, or slow.
“And they were asked whether they did any of the following three or more times a week: eat dinner within two hours of going to sleep; snack after dinner; and skip breakfast.”
Britain’s obesity ‘timebomb’ has been blamed for sharp rises in Type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions.
Eating quickly has been linked to impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance
But they said eating quickly has been linked to impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.
Dr Fukuda said: “This is possibly because it may take longer for fast eaters to feel full, whereas this might happen more quickly for slow eaters, helping to curb their calorie intake.
“Changes in eating habits can affect obesity, BMI, and waist circumference. Interventions aimed at reducing eating speed may be effective in preventing obesity and lowering the associated health risks.”