Weekend-Proof Your Diet
FRIDAY: Dinner Out with Girlfriends
You feel like a party pooper picking at a salad. "Research shows that women eat similarly when they're together, possibly as a way of relating to each other," says Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. So if your posse is chowing down, chances are you will too.
- Find a designated dieter. The good news is that the influence works both ways: You'll consume less if you're with light eaters. "Having just one fellow calorie-conscious person can really help you stay the course," Salvy notes. "Sit next to each other for extra support."
- Lead the charge. To avoid being swayed by someone's pasta Alfredo calorie bomb, be the first to order. "Make a healthy choice up front," Salvy recommends.
- Cut yourself off. Once your entree arrives, switch to a nonalcoholic beverage. "You don't need the extra calories to wash down your food," says Connie Diekman, RD, director of university nutrition at Washington University in Saint Louis.
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