Acknowledge the time of day
Researchers at Brigham Young University found that your brain and the time of the day can affect what and when you eat. The 2015 study published in the academic journal Brain Imaging and Behavior looked at how people’s brains reacted upon seeing high- and low-calorie meals at different points of the day. Upon observing MRI scans from their subjects, the scientists discovered that food looks visually less rewarding at nighttime, and as a result you eat more to feel satisfied. So next time you’re thinking of sneaking those extra bites of that cheesecake before bed, keep in mind that your satisfaction level may be all in your head—not your stomach.