Never Eat Alone


The title of this article is stolen from one of my favourite non-fiction books by Keith Ferrazzi. He speaks of the importance of your network, and is a MUST for any business-savvy ready of this site. (See below where I give away a free copy!)

It has inspired me to write this article on fat loss. 

My top clients have one thing in common – they keep an honest food journal.

They record every mouthful of what they eat and every sip. I also ask them to jot down the time, who the meal is with, and where they ate it. What I look for is the obvious – macro’s, any bad habits we may need to address, and a summary of their lifestyle.

Other things I’m looking out for are not as obvious – the location of the meals, who they eat with, and what their mood is at the time of eating.

After doing these journals with clients for almost 10 years, I noticed a trend.

Yes, it took me 10 years (I’m a little slow you see)

Here’s what I found. Ready?

People rarely eat junk in front of others.

They always eat junk alone. Whether it’s eating out solo, or in front of the TV late at night crying to Grey’s Anatomy (What, that’s only me?) they are always on their numero-uno.

I believe there’s an in-built self-preservation wire in our brains, which stops us from devouring the entire pizza and 11 Tim Tams in front of our mates.

I know there’s 11 for a fact, because I have eaten an entire packet. On my own. With no one else around.

It’s true, right?

Think about it – are you more inclined to eat a bunch of crappy food when you’re alone, or when you’re out with friends?

Chances are it’s when you’re alone. So there’s one simple tip for this – NEVER eat alone.


When you eat your meals, do it in front of somebody else. Tell your family, friends and colleagues you’re on a mission to reach your fitness goals, and your brain wiring will stop you from contradicting yourself in front of them.

Now – here’s where you can WIN a copy of Ferrazzi’s book.

I want to give something away, with no catches, just because I value you as a reader and I want to make a deposit in my karma bank account.

Drop me a comment below, and I will choose two random people that I’ll purchase a copy of “Never Eat Alone” for and mail it to your door. Anywhere in the world. No catch.

Simple write a comment below – what are your thoughts on this article? Find it helpful? Have you used food journals succesfully before?

Chat to you in the comments!

Your friend,


  • James Sali

    I eat the worst at work, especially when mistakes come out back, happiest part of the day 🙂

    • Make it a rule – no food on shift. Ever. Ever ever. Then if you really want it end of shift, have it as your cheat.