Eating Partners Are The New Fitness Partners

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I don’t know about you, but as I’ve gotten older the best way I’ve found to get out the house is to make dinner plans with friends. Not only is this more exciting than sitting in the house, it relieves me of the sometimes necessary evil of cooking and cleaning. Nevertheless, eating out can be quite the challenge when you are trying to watch your weight. The menu is always full of fancy jargon, but nothing that says pick me I wont stick to your hips, thighs and belly! There are always so many tempting things like fried foods, desserts, and buttery biscuits and rolls.

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Researchers have found that people typically eat more food when dining out with a group, and the larger the more food. Apparently eating with just one other person can increase your consumption 28% over eating alone, and people tend to order like the others in their dining party. So to curb this negative food eating frenzy I have come up with a new concept to try. In order for me to dine out without getting a side order of regret I’ve decided to try going to dinner with like-minded friends. I figured that hearing my friends choose healthy, lower-calorie options would make me feel “peer pressured” to want to do the same thing.