Wolfing down your food might save you some time today, but it can have serious consequences tomorrow. Multiple studies have linked eating too quickly with being overweight. The likely cause: It takes the brain about 20 minutes to register that the stomach is full, so by the time a speed eater feels satiated, she's already eaten too much.
Slow the pace of your meal by chewing more before your swallow. Bonus: You may get more nutrients, and you might even feel fuller longer. In an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, subjects who chewed almonds 40 times were less hungry two hours later than those who chewed the nuts 25 times.