Is the simplest way to lose weight just to make sure you don’t eat too many meals alone?
Well, according to research from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Akron, this could well be the case.
Far from a fad diet or tricky to follow meal-plan, the researchers found that simply eating a meal with a man could help you lose weight in the long run!
The study found that this is because subconsciously women tend to eat smaller portions, and consume fewer calories, when eating with a man. So, without having to limit yourself to a strict diet or deny yourself some of your favourite foods, you could lose weight just by dining with your partner or a friend!
However, curling up with your gal pal for a catch-up over dinner or going out for a girly brunch won’t have the same affect.
Apparently, women tend to eat fewer calories when with men as compared to when they’re with women. So while you might indulge in a treat or two when you’re with the girls, you’re more likely to watch what you eat, and eat less, with a man.
So, whether you’re a man or a woman, you need to have dinner with a guy to trigger the subconscious decision to eat a little less!
“What we found was that on average,” said Marci Cottingham, who is a co-author of the study, “is that women tended to purchase fewer calories when with men as compared to when they’re with women.”
Table for two please!