PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you want to lose weight, you may not have to take some special pill or cut the calories dramatically.

You may just want to chew your food more. According to a new study, chewing food forty times instead of a typical fifteen times costs study participants to eat nearly twelve percent fewer calories.

Now these are the results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. More chewing was associated with lower blood levels of growin, a hormone that stimulates appetite as well as higher levels of CCK, a hormone that reduces appetite.

If you chew your food more, you could reduce the calories you take in. In certain individuals, chewing your food more thoroughly could help you lose ten to twenty five pounds in a year.

Reported By Medical Editor Brain McDonough, KYW Newsradio

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