Michael Mosley encourages weight loss eating habit that is 'natural Ozempic'

Health guru Michael Mosley has gone into detail about one simple eating habit that serves as a 'natural version of Ozempic'.

The weight loss expert, who created the Fast 800 diet and penned Just One Thing, regularly issues advice for people looking to slim down. In his latest article for MailOnline, Michael explained how slowing down could help you lose weight.

He emphasised the significance of not just what you eat, but how you eat. Michael explained how eating quickly can affect the release of hunger-suppressing hormones, which mirror the effect of weight loss drugs like Ozempic.

As reports Gloucestershire Live, Michael wrote: "The reason eating quickly leads to weight gain is that it affects the release of hunger-suppressing hormones, such as glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), which is a natural version of drugs such as Ozempic that are currently causing such excitement in the weight loss world."

Essentially that means letting your stomach catch up to your brain. He added: "Eating at a more leisurely rate gives your body more time to tell your brain that it's eaten enough."

Michael, who also hosts BBC podcast Just One Thing, explained that it takes 30 to 40 minutes for food in your stomach to reach the small intestine. When that happens, receptors in the small intestine release the hormone GLP-1, which signals to your brain that you're full. Thus, if you eat too fast you may not even realise you're full.

Citing research, he pointed out that a 2018 study involving nearly 60,000 participants showed slow eaters had a 42 per cent lower chance of being obese.

Additionally, a 2023 study led by Professor Tim Spector and the team at ZOE nutrition revealed that fast eaters tend to consume more and experience higher spikes in blood sugar levels. The study revealed that those who eat rapidly weigh approximately a stone more than their slower-eating counterparts.

In his article, Michael recommended sitting down at a table for meals, as opposed to eating in front of the television or on-the-go. Making the effort to eat a table can help you avoid rushing your food intake.

Highlighting the benefits of homemade dishes, the weight loss expert claims that meals cooked from scratch are higher in fibre compared to ultra-processed foods, and thus take longer to consume. To further slow down the pace of eating, he suggests taking a sip of water between mouthfuls.

Michael advised: "Pay attention to what you are eating and really savour the food. Eating should be a pleasure, not just a way of fuelling up."

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