Do you gobble down food? Eating fast can lead to food overconsumption and obesity as well as poor digestion. Eat slowly to control appetite: When you eat, it takes about 20 minutes before you start to feel full. Try to eat more slowly and attentively.

A study presented at a meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity showed that overweight men and women took in fewer calories when they slowed their normal eating pace. And a Japanese study involving 1,700 young women concluded that eating more slowly resulted in feeling full sooner, and thus eating fewer calories at mealtime.

By eating slower, your meals are also more enjoyable. And the slower pace of eating brings relaxation, reducing stress levels. Eating and chewing slowly also produces more saliva that washes away food particles left on your teeth which otherwise would invite bacteria, thus giving you healthier teeth.

Slow down and eat mindfully.