It has been shown that social influences on eating habits are very
powerful. Even if your intentions are to stick to the rules of your
weight-loss plan, social influences may override your good intentions.
We tend to regulate our intake using the intake of those around us
as a guide. In other words, on a diet or off, people follow the example
of others. You might put it this way: Your eating habits are influenced by your
companion' s eating habits.
Doesn' t it stand to reason, then, that while you are dieting, it' s best not to hang out with people who are into overeating.