Weight loss dieters who have been doing their diet plans know how many tricks to keep their eating in check. Aside from their usual ways like eating right and maybe keeping a food journal, doing regular exercise, they may be using some tactics to keep their portions down. An example is that they may use smaller plates or taller glasses to give the illusion that they are eating more food and beverages than they really are. They keep tempting foods out of their sight and have the healthy foods in plain sight.
However, what they do not realize is that there are other factors in the environment which are not obvious that can still overthrow their healthy eating ways. When you sit down to eat, there are many things going on aside from you connecting with the food on your plate. You are receiving many stimuli from your stimuli what we all call “ambiance,” the mood or the “vibe” that can have some effects on how much you eat.
These factors are:
Eating alone and eating with others.
Some people eat less when they are alone than they do when they are eating with others. Take notice that the more people at the table, the more you tend to eat – more, unconsciously. When eating alone, you tend to pack away about one-third more calories. If you are eating with five or more people, you are likely to eat about 75% more than what you are eating alone. A reason can be that meals with others usually take longer than meals eaten alone. And therefore, as long as there is food on the table and the longer you sit, the more you tend to keep eating.
Your feelings about your companions while eating.
If you are eating with somebody that makes you uncomfortable, like you have a job interview over lunch, you will tend to eat less than when you are eating with your friends. Aside from eating more when we are with friends, we also tend to copy how they eat. But if you are eating with friends who eat hearty meals, you tend to follow suit.
Setting mood lighting.
This may work or not. Lighting can work in your favor or against you. But some experts say that the brighter the room, the more you know what you are eating. This means that bright lights may help you eat less. However, the bright, harsh lighting can be irritating and cause you to eat more quickly. But remember that eating quickly does not necessarily mean you eat less. While shoveling it in, your tummy does not get the chance to send a message to your brain that it is full, and therefore may lead to overeating.
If the lighting is warm and soft, you tend to feel more relaxed and will tend to sit longer and keep eating.
Color of the room.
The impact of the color of the room on eating behavior is still unestablished, but there are cases that show a bright room colors are likely get people eat more and quickly. This suggests that soft, dull room tones may slow you down which may be good unless it causes you to linger a bit at the table.
Effect of music.
While bright lighting may make you eat quickly, some studies show that playing loud and fast music may also make you eat fast. But soft jazz music may not do much as you will tend not to eat quickly and your meal may likely last longer. If you are at home, this may help but if you are eating out, this may lead to dessert or more drinks. It appears that any music may encourage you to eat more.