I think we all have one of these friends: she's thin and fit, yet when we go out to eat she packs away more food than a linebacker. Burger, fries and a shake? No problem. I'm often tempted to keep up: if she can eat it and look that good, I can too, right? (Look better in 4 weeks with our super-easy plan to slim down.)
Not so fast, I tell myself, remembering what I read in our latest issue of EatingWell Magazine. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that female college students who watched a film alongside a researcher who was thin ended up eating almost twice as much as when they ate alongside the same researcher wearing a fat suit to make her look obese. (Find 3 foods to eat when you overeat here.)
There are several reasons why I may not be able to keep up with my friend and expect the same results, according to the researcher, Brent McFerran, Ph.D.: metabolism, body size, genetics, activity level, age and gender all affect how much one can consumeRead More »from Could eating with your friends make you gain weight?