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Would this be a way to lose weight (see details inside)?

Asked by 2davidc8 (4492 points ) May 10th, 2014

If you don’t chew your food completely and thoroughly (instead, you leave it in slightly larger chunks and swallow), wouldn’t this cause less of it to be absorbed (therefore, fewer calories) and help you to lose weight?

Just wondering…

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Dan_Lyons's avatar

No, it would still get digested and absorbed.

The best healthy way to lose weight is to exercise daily and eat smaller portions and less fats and sugars.
It is a very simple formula. Good luck.

anniereborn's avatar

Yes, what @Dan_Lyons said. Beyond that, if you don’t chew your food well you are gonna have some bad stomach/intestinal upset.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Yes, stomach upset would be a result, not weight loss. Your body functions as needed to get the job done. If you don’t chew your food thoroughly, your body would do the same as was needed for many people before dental care was easy to get. Your stomach would simply make more acid; lots more acid. The food would sit in your stomach like a rock, with your stomach pouring acid all over it to break it down. You would end up with heartburn, and ulcers would become more likely. If you tried to do this on a regular basis, you could cause yourself to develope a nifty case of acid reflux, or gerd. THAT is not a pleasant outcome. Stick to weight loss plans approved by your doctor.

DipanshiK's avatar

No. When the food reaches the stomach be it small properly chewed chunks or bigger chunk, the acid in ye stomach breaks down the food matter and then proper digestion, absorption and assimilation takes place. And one should never compromise with food. You can reduce your calorie intakes otherwise also.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Nice try, but no.

I can see one way cutting your food can have an effect.
When ordering food at a restaurant also ask for a take out container to come with your meal. When the food arrives immediately cut it in half and put one half in the container so you can enjoy it the next day.

flip86's avatar

Calorie restriction. It worked for me. 1500 calories a day. You have to be anal about it. I figured out all the calories in everything I ate and weighed out exact portions. Took me about 6 months to lose 50 pounds.

livelaughlove21's avatar

A way to lose weight? No. A way to develop an eating disorder? Probably.

The secret to losing weight: Eating at a caloric deficit. Boom, that’s it.

@flip86 1500 is not the magic number for weight loss. It depends on gender (men shouldn’t go under 1600, height, weight, and activity level. I know women that eat 2000 calories a day and lose consistently.

keobooks's avatar

I suggest a site like myfitnesspal.com . You put in your height, weight, gender and age and they give you a recommended caloric intake. They also have a huge bank of food that has calories counted.

flip86's avatar

@livelaughlove21 I said 1500 as an example. It was what worked for me. Others may need to go as low as 1200 or higher to 1800. The key is to burn more calories than you take in while still getting enough nutrition. Some people have to fluctuate the calories to avoid hitting a plateau.

marinelife's avatar

No, sorry, won’t work!

livelaughlove21's avatar

@flip86 While I don’t particularly agree with a lot of what you said, I’ll leave it alone. I just wanted to make it clear to the OP (and anyone else) that there’s no number of calories that’ll lead to healthy weight loss in everyone.

Unbroken's avatar

You might actually eat more in that process and consume more calories. It is best to chew slowly and thoroughly to aid the digestion process aid in satiation and be mindful and eat slowly, such as putting your fork down with every bite. It takes 20 minutes for your body to register as full as a rule of thumb.

Most likely eating like that people will assume you are starving and were raised in a barn, but also you will be lethargic after your meal because your stomach is having to work double time and it is quite possible you over ate.

Another simple method to lose weight is to go for a short walk after each meal. It boosts metabolism. Even a lazy amble will do the trick.

2davidc8's avatar

Thanks, everyone for your answers, and for your warnings about potential stomach problems.

Perhaps I should elaborate. For the past 2 years or so, I had found a good combination of diet and exercise that gave me weight stability (neither up nor down). But for the past 2–3 months I’ve found that I needed to have a midnight snack on most nights of the week. If I don’t have the midnight snacks, my weight actually goes down about 1 pound a week. I thought that maybe this was due to developing a bad habit of not chewing my food thoroughly. I thought that maybe if the food particles were larger, they might not get digested and absorbed and would just pass through. Thus I might not get the nutrients I need.

But as a side effect, I thought that this could be a weight loss idea, if someone were to do this on purpose.

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