New research suggests that eating while walking may lead people to overeat later in the day.
Walking is a powerful form of distraction which disrupts our ability to process the impact eating has on our hunger. Walking can be regarded as a form of exercise which can justify overeating later on as a form of reward. When we don’t fully concentrate on the process of taking in food, we fall into a trap of mindless eating and don’t recognize the food that has just been consumed.
It takes about 20 minutes for our brain to catch up to our stomach. By slowing down we are able to recognize when we are getting full and stop before overeating.