Don’t hang out with just anybody. Says Lavinia Rodriguez, a clinical psychologist and author of Mind Over Fat Matters: Conquering Psychological Barriers to Weight Management, “In many ways, our society revolves around eating. We have working lunches, dinners with friends, and coffee dates, just to name a few. And even if you don’t realize it, chances are you tend to mirror the eating habits of the people you spend the most time around.” The same hold true for social gatherings. At a barbecue or party, you don’t have to hang out with the guests who have taken up permanent grazing positions at the buffet table. Instead, head out to the lawn—and ask that cute guy if he’d like to play a game of Frisbee!
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.