If You Really Want to Lose Weight, You Need Skinny Friends

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bikiniEvery day, there's a new diet out there, a latest and greatest way to lose weight. Eat no carbs! Eat only carbs! Eat anything you want for one minute a day! It's no wonder people are bigger than ever. In addition to everything being super-sized and laden with sugar, it's damn near impossible to adjust to one way of eating when "experts" are constantly telling people what they're doing is wrong. But this latest study -- even though it is something most of us have heard before -- makes more sense than any other piece of dieting advice out there.

Eat with skinny people. Yep, hang out with trimmer friends, and mimic their eating patterns -- or at least their portions.

New research from University of Birmingham (the British one) suggests that we're all subconsciously influenced by the eating patterns of others. And yes, we've heard this before -- but it makes complete and total sense. Aren't we subconsciously influenced -- even just a little bit -- when we spend a lot of time with others? In all aspects? I mean, husbands and wives like similar things. Sisters talk alike. Friends think the same things are funny. If you spend a lot of time eating with a person who skips dessert and appetizers, odds are you will, too.

And no, it's not totally reasonable to eat every meal, every day with your tiniest friend, but maybe go out to lunch with her, and ask her what she eats the rest of the day. Ridiculous? Perhaps. But so is not eating any bread after 3 p.m.

Also, dining with people who are smaller than you -- or asking them what they eat -- is an eye-opening experience, at the very least. We sometimes think of "naturally" skinny folk as people who can eat whatever they want all day and not gain a pound because they have a quick metabolism. Rarely the case. Naturally thin people may eat a cheeseburger and fries for lunch, but most likely, they'll eat something really dainty for dinner.

And even more likely, they didn't finish their fries.

Have you ever tried mimicking the eating habits of "a skinny person"?


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nonmember avatar William Miller

Well, that's a sheer discovery for me! I weight only 12 pounds more than I would like to weight. But this article has a seed of truth. It's not about what you eat, it's about how much you eat..

nonmember avatar Krelia

I work amazingly hard to stay in shape and I'm proud of that. My "skinny friends" can eat 2 pizzas and a gallon of Soda and lose pounds. :( Screw their metabolic rates.

nonmember avatar guest

It has never mattered what you eat. The portions have gotten out of control at fast food joints and restaurants and people take those portion sizes home and continue them. You dont have to eat with a "skinny" friend to know how to eat healthy and lose weight. You need to learn how much of what to eat and get up and go exercise.

Tripl... TripleC14

Makes sense since the reverse is true. Ever since I moved in with DH I've noticed that I've adopted his eating patterns to a large extent. But losing weight isn't rocket science (barring a medical condition): eat better, eat less, exercise more. The problem is people not wanting to put in the work to change their habits.

the4m... the4mutts

LOL well I guess I'll be helping my friends lose weight. I'm chubby, but all my friends except one are fat. And that one friend takes spinning classes like they're a prescribed medication.

Maias... MaiasMommy619

Unfortunately all the skinny people I know eat like shit so if I really did mimic their eating habits I would be a balloon!

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