By the way Americans are packing on the pounds these days, you'd swear we spend a couple hours each day with the feed bag strapped on. But the truth is, it's not anywhere close to that.

A new study found the average person only spends 23 total minutes each day eating. Which means we've become extremely efficient at packing on a ton of calories in a short period of time.

Most people on average spend six minutes eating at breakfast, another eight minutes for lunch, and just a mere nine minutes consuming their meal at dinner.

If you're one of these people that's notorious for taking 2-hour lunches, you better start working on a new set of excuses just in case your boss runs across this information. Chances are the boss isn't gonna buy the, "Sorry it took me so long, I was just enjoying my meal so much" line anymore.

So what are people doing with the rest of the time while they eat?

For some, it's a little chit-chat with family, friends and co-workers. Others are giving their smart phones a work-out. And if you're like me, you're probably smack dab in front of the TV.

One thing the study did show, fewer and fewer people are gathering around the dinner table. 20% of the people surveyed said they rarely sit down at a table when they eat their meals.

While another 33% say they eat their food so quickly that they barely taste it!

And speaking of those people who like to hoover down their meal like a wild dog that hasn't been fed in a week. The experts say you should always try to make your food last for at least 20 minutes each time.

That's the best way to get full on a reasonable portion, while making sure you digest your meal properly.