8. You eat standing up
Studies have shown that sitting down to eat can help you make healthier food choices and eat less food and fewer calories. When you sit down for a meal, you tend to eat more slowly and pay more attention to what you’re eating. When you’re mindful about what you’re eating, you tend to make better choices. People who eat slowly tend to consume fewer calories overall than people who eat quickly, because they’re more aware of just how much they’re eating and are less likely to overeat. Furthermore, it takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to get the message that your body is full; sitting down and eating slowly makes it easier for you to realize when you’ve eaten enough to feel full.
When we eat too quickly, we often don’t realize we’re full until it’s too late, causing us to overeat and feel stuffed afterward. This is probably why people who eat quickly are more likely to be overweight than people who take their time when they eat. When you take the time to savor what you’re eating, you’re more likely to feel satisfied, even if you’re eating less food.