Did you know that we tend to eat more when we eat with other people? One study showed that we eat 35% more when we eat with one other person (vs. eating alone), and that we can eat as much as 96% more when we eat with seven other people.
This happens because we unconsciously pace ourselves to eat at the same rate as those around us. We also tend to eat what they eat. I.e., we have dessert because they are having dessert, vs. our usual habit of not even thinking about dessert.
Because it is enjoyable to eat with others, it is helpful to have some pointers to help you eat less and eat the right foods for your body, regardless of who you are eating with.
One thing you can do is to start eating after others have started eating. If you eat faster than others, you will tend to eat more so that you finish eating at the same time as the slower eaters. By starting later, you can finish at the same time with less or no additional food.
Another tip is to pace your eating with the slowest eater. Eat at the same rate they do and you will most likely only eat what is on your original plate.
A last tip is to plan ahead what you will eat, and how much of it. Rather than deciding what you will eat while you are actively eating, make a plan and stick to it. Your body will know in advance what you need to eat at that meal. It’s just a matter of tuning in and paying attention.
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Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com