According to the latest study, during shared meals, people are trying to eat the same amount of food as their dining partner! Simply said, if your partner eat too much, you may eat more as well. Some facts are even more interesting. For example, women who share meals with other women they haven meet before, try to mimic their eating behavior. They even take bites at the same time!
This study included 70 pairs of women, who ate meals together. The researchers counted their bites, and analyzed did women mimic each other. They pay attention on time intervals needed for one woman to take a bite and other to mimic her. After one woman took her bite, another would take it after just 5 second. This mimicry was more pronounced at the beginning of their meal.
This is an unconscious process. It is possible that women are mimic eating behavior because they are eating with someone for the first time. This can explain why their mimicry reduced as the meal progressed. This is especially important for people who are trying to lose weight. They should be careful choosing a dining partner. If they share a meal with someone who eats more, it is likely that they will mimic that eating behavior. Next time when someone orders a desert, you should ask yourselves, do you really want it, or you are ordering it just because your dining partner did!
The solution for this is very simple. You should pay more attention to your eating behavior while you are sharing a meal with some person who eats more than you. In that way, you can control your bites.
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