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4 Reasons You Eat More When You Dine Out

Did you know that you tend to eat more food when you dine out?  Its true!  And that contributes to some of the major lifestyle-based health issues facing those who live in North America.  Obviously this costs us more per meal, per person, but it also means that we are probably taking in extra calories every time we dine out.

For that reason—among many others—people are more motivated than ever to eat at home.  But while cooking at home is not always an option (time constraints, a single-person lifestyle, limited access to food), Cook It repas santé livré domicile meal kit delivery can help.  And those who have made the transition have learned these 4 reasons you tend to eat more when you dine out.


When you share a meal with friends and family, the food takes a backseat, somewhat, to the conversation and connection.  That is a good thing but it can also lead to overeating.  Some researchers suggest that the social atmosphere distracts you from realizing that you’ve had enough (which is certainly the case, quite often, when alcohol is involved).

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In many cases, you choose where you eat based on marketing. An ad might tout that one company is a “healthy” alternative to another and while this ad is not, necessarily, false, it could lead to you ordering more food or food that is higher in calories or fat (because you make the assumption that all the food on the menu is of the same health quality).  And just because something is a “healthy alternative” that doesn’t stop anyone from overeating.  And, yes, you can have too much of a good thing.


To piggyback the previous reason, most people don’t actually know what a “portion” is.  We don’t tend to think about portions at home but when we are paying per plate for our food we want as much as we can get. This also leads to going way overboard when we have unlimited salad or soup or are eating at a buffet.


Many restaurants offer “lite” options to assuage more finicky eaters who really want to watch what they are eating.  But the presence of a “lite menu” actually leads many people to order more food than usual, add something less healthy to an otherwise healthy meal, or, in fact, splurge on dessert.