Weight gain is a process during which, the majority of people don’t really realize the excessive fat that they are gaining. A lot of us think about losing some weight only when we’ve become obese or we have gained such weight that it prevents us from doing specific activities, i.e. a fast running, during-sports resistance etc. Sooner or later, most of the overweight people understand and accept the fact that they must at least start exercising as soon as possible.

But what are some other factors which can influence weight loss? According to a recent study, “Effects of changes in eating speed on obesity in patients with diabetes: a secondary analysis of longitudinal health check-up data” published in the online journal British Medical Journal, BMJ Open, slow eating is a potential influencer on the weight loss process.

Researchers analyzed information from 60000 Japanese participants who were suffering from diabetes. Participants answered specific questions like their eating speed (fast, normal or slow) and whether they snack after dinner, skip breakfast or eating within 2 hours of sleep. They have undergone check-ups for a period of 6 years, 2008 to 2013. The information analyzed was blood chemistry tests’ results, urine, body mass index, liver and waist circumference. Furthermore, these participants also answered questions related to their living style like sleeping habits, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco and eating. Only 20 percent of participants had undergone 3 check-ups for 6 years and around 30% had undergone 2 check-ups.

From the study, researchers confirmed that alcohol consumption and both eating and sleeping tendency were related in a way or another with being fat. Few more than half of the study’s participants, more than 30000, modified their eating speed. Those participants who tended to eat slowly were healthier and also had a healthier living style when compared to those who ate normally and fast. Also, those people who tended to eat slowly had 42% fewer chances of becoming obese compared to those who ate fast. Normal eaters also showed 29% fewer chances of becoming obese.

The study is only experimental and does not aim to determine cause or effect. Also, study experts didn’t take into consideration the physical activity nor did they calculate energy absorption.