About a third of dieting employees say their colleagues influence them to eat more or to choose less-healthy options—here’s looking at you, candy-bowl colleague and doughnut-toting meeting leader.
And if just one of your office buds is obese, your own risk doubles. (In comparison, even your spouse’s weight problem has only a 44 percent chance of rubbing off on you.)
The Fix: We eat twice as much when food is in our direct line of sight, according to research by Brian Wansink, Ph.D, author of Slim By Design. So take a seat at whatever end of the conference table is farthest from that box of doughnuts, and map your route to the restroom to avoid strolling by the sweets dish at reception.
Another strategy: Plan ahead to treat yourself at least once a week.
“If you feel like you’re constantly missing out, it’s going to start seeming like deprivation and can lead to mindless overindulging later,” says Jennifer Bruning, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.