Are you always eating on the fly? Many of us are extremely busy these days and when we’re running behind, it can be very easy to just rush through meals. That may save you time, but it’s a bad idea when all is said and done.

Gas

Gas can be very embarrassing, but also extremely uncomfortable. Do you find yourself feeling painfully bloated after a meal? If so, you are probably eating too quickly and inhaling excessive oxygen. That air then becomes trapped, leading to flatulence and/or bloating. You decide which is worse: taking a few minutes longer to eat or hours of dealing with the uncomfortable effects of gas?

Eating Slower = Eating Less

Believe it or not, if you slow down, you will actually eat less. If you rush through a meal, you can finish so quickly, your brain and stomach don’t have time to let you know they are full. That can lead to weight gain, something no one wants.

Give Your Stomach a Break

Pounding through a meal can not only lead to gas, it’s also just plain hard on your stomach. If you take your time and thoroughly chew your food, there is less chance of painful annoyances like acid indigestion. Take smaller bites and just ssssllllloooowwww ddddoooowwwwnnnn.

Look at it this way: if you enjoy something, why not have it last even longer? You might spend all day thinking about an exquisite dessert, but if you just woof it down in a minute flat, the pleasure will not have lived up to your anticipation. Why not prolong that wonderful taste for at least ten minutes? That way, you are more likely to benefit from the experience and look back on it with fondness? You are also less likely to want a second piece (and all of the calories that go with it).