Does eating alone help you diet?

You’re feeling full but here’s the waiter with the dessert menu. You’re about to say “No thanks” when your friend orders baked cheesecake. And soon you’re saying: “I’ll have one too, thanks.” Studies repeatedly show that what we eat is highly influenced by who we eat with. The most recent research, presented at last week’s American Heart Association meeting, found that the chance of a “diet lapse” was 60% when eating with others. The research followed 150 people trying to lose weight or keep weight off, for a year, using phones and an app to capture what and where they ate. Those in the study were asked to limit their calories. They were most successful in keeping to their diet when they ate alone. Work, with its temptations of cake for somebody’s birthday, led to a 40% chance of a diet lapse. The car was the safest place, with only a 30% chance of overeating.

But it’s annoying that dining with family or friends could make us eat more. A study of 63 adults who kept seven-day dairies found that eating with people increased meal sizes by 44% and participants ate more fat than when they ate alone. The lead researcher, US physiologist John de Castro, suggested that eating alone would reduce caloric intake and improve diets. In another study he showed that meals eaten with spouses and family had more calories and were eaten faster, while those with friends were as large but lasted longer. This was true for all meals of the day, and if men were at the table, women tended to eat more than usual. So although eating with friends or family is one of the joys of life, if you want to watch your weight, should you eat on your own?..Read Full Article….

Original Article : Does eating alone help you diet?
by : Luisa Dillner
From : theguardian.com

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