A gem from the FitFam archives, from December 2006…
Kathleen Melanson, Director of the University of Rhode Island’s Energy Metabolism Laboratory, is conducting a series of brilliant and simple experiments about the connection between how fast we eat and how many calories we consume.
One experiment even got press in USA Today: 30 college-age women were asked to eat a meal of pasta and sauce with grated cheese, and a glass of water on two different occasions. One time they were asked to eat quickly, and were given a large spoon and bowl, and the other time they were asked to eat as slowly as possible, with a small spoon and bowl, and instructed to place their spoon down between bites.
The results: fast eaters consumed 646 calories in 9 minutes (4307 calories per hour), while slow eaters took in 579 calories in 27 minutes (1287 calories per hour, or about 30% as much as the fast eaters).
My leadership and change guru/buddy Peter Bregman and I got Dr. Melanson on the phone to talk about the study design, the results, upcoming experiments, and the whole process of scientific research. Join us for this freewheeling and funny interview and discover:
- how this study was started by accident
- how to do hard science on the cheap
- how researchers develop and test hypotheses
- how to take advantage of the research to eat healthier and weigh less
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