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Time to Eat

Timeless Nutrition Tip

Learning to differentiate between physical hunger and psychological hunger can help you control your weight.

For instance, instead of eating lunch just because your brain says it's noon, try listening to your body. Learn how your body tells you that it's hungry. Is your stomach growling? Do you become tired when you're hungry?

Time to Eat Lunch

You should eat only when you feel hungry and quit eating when you feel full. If you consume more calories than your body needs at any given time, your body stores the extra calories as fat .

If you continue to overeat, you'll just continue to increase the amount of fat.

Pasta: It's Not Fattening!

Pasta is not fattening. A 2-ounce serving (1 cup cooked) of dry pasta, such as spaghetti, contains just under 200 calories and less than 1 gram of fat. When it comes to calories and fat, it's what's on top that counts. Rich, creamy sauces or sauces full of fatty ingredients such as sausage or cheese can send the calorie and fat total in your pasta dish sky-high. Choose vegetable-based sauces to keep the calories and fat low. See also: Pasta Power: Q and A

Clinical Fatty Acid Deficiencies

Clinical fatty acid deficiencies are rare. If you try to remove most of the fat from your diet on purpose, you could come up short of the optimal levels. Essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency can impair fat burning, reduce your energy and cause a whole host of other problems. In addition, low dietary fat levels are correlated with low testosterone levels. For someone trying to become leaner and more muscular, this spells disaster.

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