It’s no accident that chopstick wielding Asian people are thinner than their spoon and fork waving counterparts.
“Weight loss and weight gain are a function of eating speed,” says Dr. Lowen T. Rabosnoff, PhD., director of CWLCI (Chopstick Weight Loss Center Incorporated).
“And using chopsticks forces a person to eat slower.”
According to Rabosnoff, most overweight people eat too quickly. By the time they’ve satisfied their hunger â€” they’ve eaten far too much.
“After a person eats, it takes between 17 and 20 minutes for the hunger center in the brain to be notified.
“In twenty minutes, a person can eat way too much. The trick is to slow down. Then, when you’re not hungry any more, stop eating.
“Most overweight people eat past being full. In just a few minutes, they stuff themselves,” he says.
Using chopsticks is the perfect way to lose weight, for a number of reasons, Rabosnoff says.
Chopsticks force people to eat slower.
Chopsticks force people to eat stir-fried vegetables, less meat, and rice â€” the makings of a healthy, low cholesterol diet.
“Rice is one of the best weight loss foods available,” he says. “And it’s hard to eat too much of it with chopsticks.”
Chopsticks take some time to get used to. By the time people pick-up any speed with the little wooden utensils, they’ve gotten their weight loss program off to a great start.
“I’ve seen many people take off ten pounds in the first week,” says Rabosnoff. “And they have a great time losing it.
Tips for Getting Started With Chopsticks
â€¢ Take a ten-minute lesson from a Chinese person in order to learn the technique.
â€¢ Chop food into bite-sized pieces.
â€¢ Lean over your plate.
â€¢ Don’t worry if you drop a few bites. Invite your dog or cat to sit nearby.
â€¢ Resist the temptation to pick up a fork or spoon. Remember, it will get easier with each meal.