Counting Bites Can Help Weight Loss
Tired of counting calories to lose weight? Maybe you should try counting bites.
It's not easy, but based on research at Brigham Young University, it can help people cut pounds.
Scientists recruited 61 overweight or obese men and women, ranging in age from 18 to 65. They then weighed the volunteers and provided them with a 10-minute introduction to bite counting. It involves tracking how many times you chew or swallow. Every food or liquid is counted, except water.
Sixteen people dropped out after the first week, some complaining that it was too difficult to count every bite. The researchers then asked half of the remaining group to reduce their daily bite counts by 20 percent, and the others to drop bite counts by 30 percent. They recommended to both groups that they concentrate on eating foods that would fill them, since they would be eating less.
At the end of the month, the participants in both groups lost an average of about 3.5 pounds.
The study was small and short-term so it didn't show if people would continue to count bites for a lengthy period of time. But the findings do suggest that it can be an alternative for people who don't want to bother with calorie counting.