The Company You Keep

When you're trying to lose weight, it can be hard to say no when foodie temptations are in your face left and right. If all your social engagements and family functions revolve around food, you've got to hit the scene prepared. When heading to a restaurant, check out the menu ahead of time and decide what you're going to order before you arrive; if you're going to a dinner party at someone's house, offer to bring a dish or two to lighten the load of your host and make sure you'll be satisfied.

While there's no way to control what your friends and family are eating, don't be afraid to ask for support. Suggest heading to spots where you know your needs will be met, and if you feel comfortable, let everyone know that you're trying to make some big lifestyle changes. Chances are, you'll inspire someone at the table.

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