Losing weight has long been a hot topic. The health complications of being overweight include type 2 diabetes, many cancers and heart disease. No wonder the whole world is launching a campaign to educate people that fat is unhealthy.
Using chopsticks can help you lose weight, suggested The Chopsticks Diet, a new book published in Britain recently.
According to the Japanese author Kimiko Barber, "Eating with chopsticks slows you down, and so you eat less."
Gobbing food makes us overeat beacause it takes our brain about 20 minutes to register what our stomach contains.
So while Barber's book concerns itself with Japanese recipes, which tend to be lower in fat and served in smaller portions, using chopsticks should work with Western food too.
The Daily Telegraph's food writer Xanthe Clay takes a look at the theory. She writes:" It's a tempting theory. Could ditching the knife and fork really make one's weight healthier? Starting with a bag of crisps by the computer the method's charm emerges. For all but the most experienced users, it takes concentration. Watching carefully is vital if the plate-to-mouth transfer is to be made successfully. So there's no idly shoveling in rubbish while surfing the web."
"When it comes to proper meals, eating with chopsticks also means taking smaller mouthfuls, which tend to get chewed better, slowing down the meal, and making it easier to digest..."
"Then there's the matter of sauce. Delicious though they are, most sauces are the enemy of the waistline, loaded with butter and oil. If food is tackled with chopsticks, much of the evil sauces will stay on the plate. "
"So, a chopstick regime will make you slow down, think about your food more, and maybe even lose weight. None of which can be a bad thing. I shall not be binning the knife and fork just yet."