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Family Style Is Making You Fat Without You Even Knowing

Family Style Is Making You Fat Without You Even Knowing
From Lifehack - December 7, 2017

Have you ever noticed how much you over-indulge when youre having dinner with a friend? Maybe youre so enthralled in catching up that you dont realize youve gone through two baskets of bread or chips before youve even ordered. It may make you feel a little guilty, and bloated, but it shouldnt make you feel strange; when we eat with other people, we consume about 44% more food than we do when eating alone.Have you ever noticed how much you over-indulge when youre having dinner with a friend? Maybe youre so enthralled in catching up that you dont realize youve gone through two baskets of bread or chips before youve even ordered. It may make you feel a little guilty, and bloated, but it shouldnt make you feel strange; when we eat with other people, we consume about 44% more food than we do when eating alone.

A study by de Castro discovered who we eat with directly impacts how we eat, and our level of indulgence. And its not just friends or acquaintances. Meals with spouses and family lead us to eat around 22% and 23% more, respectively.1 To put that into perspective, the average amount were referring to is about 91.7% of the food we put on our plates, according to a study out of the Columbia Universitys Food and Brand Lab in New York City.2

A study in the journal Obesity found when food is served from the dinner table, people consume 35% more over the course of a meal. It speaks to our desire to do as little as possiblewhen an additional helping requires leaving the table, people hesitate to go back for more. So when food is served family style, its all too easy to over-eat.

Family style starts out with good intentions

When you prepare a meal for a group of people, you fix more food to make sure there is enough for everyone. You put the food in bowls and on platters so people can reach it easily. While its nice to have things close-by, and the action of passing bowls from person to person can feel intimate and familial, the large serving plates moving around the table create peer pressure. No one wants to see left-overs on the plates because it seem to be a waste not to finish them all.

Plan more, serve less

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