Does Your Living Situation Whittle or Widen Your Waistline?

by on November 26th, 2010 at 7:00 am

An article recently came out by Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, who made a statement that living alone may actually be detrimental to weight loss efforts, despite the popular notion that single dwellers would have an easier time controlling their diets.

Pitfalls of Solo Eating

The reasons why? The article suggested that people who live alone may be more likely to fall under one of three types: ‘emotional eaters’, who eat due to loneliness; ‘boredom eaters’, who nosh quickly through meals then snack throughout the evening because they do not have the drawn-out process of meal preparation and cleanup; or ‘mindless eaters’, who are unaware of the calories they are consuming while eating ready-made foods in front of the TV.

Pitfalls of Group Eating

Conversely, people who are trying to watch their waistlines and live in a larger household may have to contend with the temptation of junk food lying around for those who have faster metabolisms and can eat more calories without weight gain, those who insist on preparing only certain types of foods without consideration of the person watching his or her weight, or those who persuade others to eat something too as part of a mealtime bonding ritual or hobby. Maintaining regular mealtimes is yet another challenge because of how difficult it can be to coordinate different schedules.

Solutions for Every Situation

Living alone or living with others each presents its own challenges, but staying motivated to eat well is achievable regardless. Planning menus and sticking to them is important for anyone, as it eliminates added calories for those mindless snackers, and can help others in the household to understand that healthy meals are important to you. If getting others to cooperate on your meal suggestions is a struggle, try to work together to find a happy medium. Having support from your family, partner, or friends is important and a little communication can go a long way.

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5 Responses to “Does Your Living Situation Whittle or Widen Your Waistline?”

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  2. Dan Kern CCHT

    Nov 27th, 2010

    I believe each person can decide and control how their diets or what, when and where a nutritional intake is consumed. I understand your points about social and family surroundings or lack there of. I firmly believe a persons desire and some education plays a huge role. I offer some basic tips to my clients that can be viewed at my website.
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  4. Brooke

    Dec 2nd, 2010

    I totally fall into the “solo eating”- it’s just so easy to just grab whatever is around the house when your single. I will try to start planning my meals out in advance so wheat thins and cheese aren’t my dinner anymore! Thanks for the post!

  5. A. Grano

    Dec 2nd, 2010

    Yes, good points from everyone! While our environments can certainly influence our eating habits, being more mindful of our choices can help us feel more in control, therefore helping to keep on track with a healthy eating plan, regardless of individual household food temptations.

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