You may not realize it, but where you choose to eat dinner can have a profound impact on your dieting efforts. The worst spot of the house? In front of the television. “Mindlessly” eating while watching TV distracts the brain and disrupts appetite signaling, causing individuals to feel full later – hundreds of calories later, in fact. In two recent studies conducted at the University of Toronto and the University of Massachusetts, researchers found that those who ate dinner in front of the TV consumed about 300 more calories than those who ate their meal at the table. Assuming you eat 1-2 meals per day while watching the tube, that’s anywhere from 2,100 to 4,200 extra, avoidable calories per week! But the benefits of having an old-fashioned sit-down dinner don’t stop at saving calories: Gathering around the table at meal time also encourages important interaction between family members. Just think: When is the last time your entire family got together and talked about daily happenings. Chances are, if you’re not eating at the dinner table, it’s not happening! So if you’re not currently eating at the table, make a family policy change, and start today!