Shape: 6 Surprising Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Undated. Retrieved online October 13, 2009 from No byline, Shape

Despite pulling out all the stops, trading junk food for wholesome snacks, making your own meals, and becoming a kickboxing-class regular, you’re still struggling to shed those last 5 to 10 pounds. Don’t assume that means you can’t reach your goal no matter what you do. Experts say that in many cases, the smartest-sounding diet strategies can actually work against you. Fortunately, by adjusting your approach to some of these “healthy” behaviors, you can get the scale moving in the right direction.

It might just be the world’s most oft-repeated diet advice: Eat slowly and you’ll consume less. But while this works when you’re alone, lingering in a group situation seems to have the opposite effect. A review from the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society found that people take in 40 to 70 percent more calories when dining with family and friends.

“People tend to eat more when they’re in pleasant surroundings, such as at a restaurant or dinner party,” says Collin Payne, assistant professor of marketing at New Mexico State University. “Socializing serves as a distraction, making it hard to monitor what’s on your plate.”

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