You’re probably great at sticking to your diet when you’re alone in your own home. But do you notice that you eat more when you’re with others? If so, you’re not alone. Many dieters struggle to stick to a healthy eating plan when they are in social situations, particularly if those situations are stressful. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take control.
With a little bit of planning, it’s possible to eat less around family and friends.
How Family and Friends Can Ruin Your Diet
A simple family dinner or a night out with friends might not seem like a big deal, but researchers have found that it can have a significant impact on your calorie intake. In one study, researchers looked at the way that we change our eating habits to match the eating habits of the people around us. They found that our friends and family are especially influential. We tend to change the amount of food we eat and the type of food we eat to match the choices made by our closest companions.
Excerpted from Very Well Fit