If you lie on the heavier side of the weighing scale, then the restaurant meals are a drawback for you. A research has confirmed that a restaurant meal can increase the chances of overeating by up to 60 percent.
The research has shown that the chances of overeating were about 60 percent when you’re eating out at a restaurant with your friends. And it was almost half the time when you’re eating alone.
Surprisingly, your temptation to overeat is lower when you’re having a meal at your own or someone else’s ‘home’.
This simply implies that eating out is not really favourable for you if you’re trying to shed some kilos.
In addition, the odds of a diet lapse were lower in other locations, such as work (about 40 percent) or in a car (about 30 percent).
"Research into understanding and preventing weight regain is vital for improving the public health," said lead author Lora E. Burke, Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, US.
The study can guide experts in providing extra support to individuals who are overweight or obese and struggling to lose or keep off weight.
"Helping an individual anticipate challenges and problem-solve high-risk situations can empower them to stay on track with their weight loss/weight maintenance plan," Burke added.
The findings were presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions in Oregon, US.
For the study, the team tracked 150 people (90 per cent women) for a period of 12-months using smartphones and a custom-developed application to capture data as dieters moved through everyday life.
The participants were trying to limit calories to a specific number per day. In response to questions, the dieters reported their surroundings, what they were feeling and whether they were tempted to break their eating plans.