Does Eating Alone Affect Weight Control?

When we go out to eat with other couples my eating habits change. I do not want be the person reaching into that warm bread basket and devouring the entire contents. However, when I am in the more comfortable situation of eating alone, I have no qualms about ransacking the bread, ordering a dessert and having a more, let’s say, not very Phase One compatible main dish.

Even when home alone in my basement watching a football or baseball game, I will tend to munch on the types of snacks I would not normally consume if someone was there with me. The amount of snacks eaten also is somewhat dependent on whether I am alone or have company.

I would be that many people aside from me lose some “eating-inhibition” when alone as opposed to being with others. Perhaps there is a fear of some sort of “judgment” being made about our eating behaviors and therefore we are more likely to be on our “best behaviors” in front of others. I believe this is especially true of being around people that we do not know very well or people we are not as comfortable with.

During your long term weight control journey, take a step back and examine whether your eating behaviors are different when alone as opposed to being in the company of others. If you acknowledge that you do, in fact, derail your efforts more so when eating/snacking alone, obligate yourself to change those behavior patterns.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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