Mom was right when she told you to slow down. People who eat quickly are three times more likely to be overweight than those who eat at a moderate pace. When you eat fast you tend to overdo it because your brain doesn't have a chance to realize you're full. Try these tricks to pace yourself.
* Put down your fork after each bite. Chew, swallow, then pause to take a drink of water or a deep breath before picking it up again.
* Step away from the table - While dining out, go ahead and have one piece of bread if you want it. But after you've finished, get up and go to the bathroom (even if you don't have to). Take 5 deep breaths before returning to the meal.
* Heat things up. Have some piping-hot soup or tea with your meal. You'll automatically eat more slowly than if you choose cold food and drinks.