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You’ve done it again: you’ve just finished off the whole row of cookies when you swore you were only going to have 2.

That was after you’d already finished the left-over birthday cake in the refrigerator.

One round cake-and-cookie filled belly later, you are left now to deal with the emotions that follow after you eat more than you wanted to.

Because I have lived that reality all too many times, I’ve also learned what drives those moments.

Here’s my list of 5 Counterintuitive Reasons Why You Can’t Stop Eating:

1. You’re not starting out eating what you really want.

It’s late afternoon and you’re feeling like you want something sweet… just a little something to take the edge off. You’re not necessarily hungry, but lunch wore off awhile ago. You rationalize that you should go with a piece of fruit, since that’s sweet and basically healthy, rather than what you really want (the icing off the cupcakes sitting in the lunchroom refrigerator). You wander towards the lunchroom, but pass the vending machine on the way. Ah, pretzels! Those might help curb your craving. It’s not fruit, but it’s still relatively healthy. You get a small bag, open and eat them on the way to the lunchroom.

In the lunchroom, you see the fruitbowl with bananas, oranges and apples. You grab and orange, peel and eat it rather quickly. Still not satisfied. You go for a banana. Nope, that wasn’t it either. Maybe you should just open the ‘fridge and see if those cupcakes are still there… oh, yes. They are.

Damn, they look good, too. The icing looks so fresh and fluffy. Geez, if they sit there for another day, they’ll get stale. They won’t be as good. You might as well eat one, so it doesn’t go to waste.

That was delicious! Well, now that you already ate one… you might as well have another.

Now there’s only one left. Shoot, makes no sense to just leave one there to go to waste. You eat that one, too.

A bag of pretzels, an orange, a banana and 3 cupcakes later, you finally go back to your desk.

Now, if you’d just gone straight for only the icing on the cupcakes (because that’s the part you like best anyway), 먹튀검증커뮤니티 tossed the rest, you’d have had about 6 tablespoons of icing and that would’ve been it. So you would’ve ended up consuming much less but have been totally satisfied.

2. You check out while you eat.

You’ve had a big day of work and you’re finally unwinding. You put together a healthy meal and cooked a double batch so you’d have left-overs. You sit down to eat and prop your iPad in front of you to flip around through emails and news while you eat. In what seems like only a minute or two, your plate is empty. You still feel a little hungry. Hmm… there’s still more left on the stove. Maybe just a little more. You get up and get a second plateful. After you scoop out half of what was left, it looks like such a small amount left that it wouldn’t really make a full meal, anyway. So you scoop the rest and finish it off.

Because your mind didn’t have a chance to focus on what you were eating-what it tasted like, the temperature, the texture-it hasn’t yet caught up with your body. Since you didn’t wait in between helpings, the body wasn’t able to digest fast enough to tell your mind it was satisfied, so your mind still was hungering for more.

3. You get way too hungry before you eat.

27 emails in your inbox, 4 text messages to reply to, a few voicemails and a pile of papers on your desk left from yesterday that you didn’t deal with yet. And your morning is just starting.

Off you go into your day, giving it your all. Taking time to stop at lunch seems like a luxury. You can push through, you’ll be fine. You have too many other things to think about, anyway. Maybe you’ll get something around 3PM. The afternoon rolls on, and suddenly you’re wrapping up your workday and preparing to leave. And you’re famished. The last time you ate was 8AM. You decide to grab something on the way home instead of waiting to prepare the salad you’d planned for dinner. You pick up the first thing you see when you walk in the local sandwich shop-those yummy pepperoni rolls baked fresh and still warm from the oven. Amazing. You pick up another one for the ride home. Then you come home and make the salad. Still feeling like you’re munchy, you get out the half-pint of ice cream from the freezer to finish. After all, you went the whole day – you only had a smoothie at breakfast. So you had some calories saved up.

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