Are your friends making you fat?

We are influenced by what people around us eat
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Researchers, whose study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found our eating habits are highly influenced by those we surround ourselves with. In other words, if your bestie likes to nosh on butter laden popcorn and Jujubes while watching movies, there's a good chance you'll find yourself doing the same thing.

What's a gal to do if she is striving to make healthy changes in her diet? You don't have to avoid your friends altogether, but think about challenging situations that may arise when you are with your friends, and plan how you will deal with them ahead of time. When you go to the movies, for example, bring an alternate snack, like apple slices and a bottle of water. Or, pop some gum in your mouth before the popcorn is passed your way.

And, as much as possible, surround yourself with people who have similar, healthy living goals.These people will cheer you on and support your goals effortlessly, as they will be more likely to invite you on hikes and bike rides, followed by healthy snacks at that hip vegan restaurant in your area.

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