Research-Backed Tips For Mindful Eating

Why Eat Mindfully?

Howard VanWinkle rests his face on his hand as he prepares to eat dinner at nearly 9:30 p.m.
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Not only does eating mindfully reduce stress, but it also helps you feel fuller for longer and prevents health issues. Research in the 2016 American Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded that mindfulness lowered chronic stress, which in turn improves weight loss. Slowing down helps, because it takes at least 20 minutes for the body to understand that you’re full.

Another study in the journal Explore found that mindful eating can alleviate temptations of binge-eating disorder, a potential cause of obesity. The study was backed up by research in the journals Eating Disorders (2011) and Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2013).