Chew your way to weight loss

man eating fastYou love food but need to lose some weight, right? What if you could have your cake and eat it, too? According to a new study, you may eat less if you chew more—30 seconds more to be exact.

Researchers split a group of 43 students into thirds and presented them with sandwiches for lunch. One group ate as they normally would, the second was told to pause for 10 seconds between swallowing each mouthful and the last group was asked chew each bite for 30 seconds. Two hours later, they were offered candies to snack on. The first two groups ate about the same amount, while the third group ate half as many.

Researchers speculate that focusing on the process of eating may help the brain remember the food longer, which may result in less frequent signals for food.