We're going to explore your social environment.
Do you know other people's habits influence your own? Do you remember the first thing to order at a restaurant without consulting anyone else or make a meal without taking your friends into account?
We wanted you to avoid norm matching: you behave just like the majority of others do.
When it comes to norm matching, there are 3 ways in which other people's habits influence our own
- Food choice
While you are doing have a mind of your own, your brain likes to avoid decision fatigue, remember?
"I'll have what she's having" could be a great way to try and do that.
Make better choices:
Decide what you'll eat ahead of time: You'll lessen the impact of decision fatigue, fit your meal in your calorie budget and reduce the possibility that friend’s choices impact your own.
Keep a secret: When you're eating with family and friends, don't ask them what they're eating and do not allow them to tell you what you ought to eat.
Order first: you are a leader. If you're at a restaurant, jump the gun and tell your server.
- Food handling
Harry picks up his fork, and you are doing too. Mary grabs a roll; you're thinking, "that sounds like a decent idea" and dives into it. We sync many of our eating actions with those around us: starting/stopping eating, taking breaks, using utensils or hands.
Handle food differently:
Make conversation: The more engaged you're in a conversation, the less attention your mind will have to be compelled to observe others' actions.
Take smaller bites: If you discover yourself always eating at the constant time as your friend, at least slow down.
- Food consumption
If you create that "someone else" a spouse, a loved one, or a lover, that meal is going to be even larger than if you were to dine together with your neighbor or co-worker.
You'll eat 58% more with 3 people, 69% more with 4 people, 96% more with 7 people… you get the purpose.
Eat less with the social group:
Low-calorie dense foods always have your back. You eat an equivalent amount (volume) of food as somebody else, you will be eating fewer calories.
Divide and conquer: it is easy to urge lost in conversation and not realize what proportion you're actually eating. If you've got control over your portions, take a smaller amount of food than you've allotted. If food is being served, before you start eating, divide your plate into 2 sections: "what I should eat" and "what I should save (ie. leftovers)".
Bond differently: instead of bonding over dinner, consider going for a show, or doing anything which may be enjoyable together - but choose something else.
Take a moment to believe your social eating habits. Does one keep eating until others stop? Does one let your friend’s choice determine your own?