Hey, sometimes it's difficult to slow down and enjoy a meal. As someone who routinely eats like a starving dog, I totally get it. Unfortunately, gulping down your food at lightening speed is not always great for your digestion. Watching out for the physical signs you're eating too fast can make sure you don't routinely overdo it when you're chowing down.
Really, unless you're training for an eating competition or something, there's no reason to bolt your food on the regular. Eating your meals too quickly can cause all sorts of health problems, in fact. "When people eat fast they tend not to feel full and are more likely to overeat. Eating fast causes bigger glucose fluctuation, which can lead to insulin resistance," said cardiologist Takayuki Yamaji in the American Heart Association. All sorts of metabolic issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke risk factors may be associated with eating too fast, as Yamaji's study of eating speed and metabolic syndrome found. In other words, wolfing down your food may be associated with all sorts of serious health conditions later on in life.
Thankfully, your body has some clever ways of reminding you to slow down at mealtimes. If any of the physical signs of eating too fast show up, then you know it's time to chill out a little bit and maybe savor your food a little more.