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Curbing Social Eating?

No matter what the main agenda for the evening is, at least part of the time my friends and I will be stuffing our faces. Since my resolution to shed a little chunk, I've found this aspect of our relationship to be chunky, or so to speak.
The only encouragement I find from my buddies is to, "Relax, and throw away the diet for today..."

Any tips on how to choke back the peer pressure instead of the fatty, empty-cal food?

Sat. Feb 23, 11:46am

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Don't show up hungry.
Exercise at some point beforehand so you're in a "healthy" frame of mind.
Make a plan to either eat OR drink and not both - works best if you choose to eat since drinking tends to make you throw away the self-imposed prohibition.
Try to show up after the face-stuffing part of the occasion if possible.

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 1:19 PM

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All great ideas from the pp. Ultimately, it's a mindset. Once you make the decision that 'this is it' it will be much easier to follow through. You just have to decide - Do I want to be overweight (and cave into my friends pressuring me to stuff my face) or do I want to lose weight (or whatever your ultimate goal is.) Take the lead - who knows maybe your friends will follow. If they keep pressuring you just kindly turn the tables and ask, 'Why are you trying to sabotage my efforts?"

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 2:32 PM

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I have this same problem too. I think what I have decided is that its important to plan out your day and decide exactly how much you will eat before you go out with your friends. If I cut back during the day and excercise a little bit more I can have a few glasses of wine or an unhealthy snack when I am out. Just make sure you make a plan and you stick to it. IT's very empowering to know that you can make your mind up to do something and keep to it.

Saturday, February 23, 2008, 8:57 PM

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