Candles, music and the one you love may be a recipe for overeating. Subtle cues in your surroundings can affect how much food you eat.
Seasoned dieters know plenty of the tricks for keeping their eating in check. Beyond the usual strategies—eating right, getting plenty of exercise and maybe keeping a food diary—they might use more subtle tactics for keeping portions down. They’ll use smaller plates or taller glasses, for instance, to give the illusion that they’re getting more food and drink than they really are. They’ll make sure to put tempting foods out of sight—and keep healthy ones in plain view. What they may not realize is that there are other influences in the environment, much less obvious ones that could still throw their eating off course.
When you sit down to eat, there’s a lot more going on than just you interacting with the food on your plate. You’re actually receiving all sorts of stimuli from your environment, what you’d call the ambiance, the mood or the “vibe” that can have a real impact on how much you eat.