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7 Shocking Reasons You're Overeating

Redbook Logo By Jessica Migala of Redbook | Slide 1 of 7: Variety may be the spice of life, but it isn't the ticket to weight loss: In a new study, people who ate a range of pepperoni pizza brands (as opposed to sticking to one) were less likely to think that the food would fill them up, and were more likely to overeat later. It makes sense if you think about it—since different brands pack different portions and calories, it's tough to figure out exactly how much to eat, and the wide array of options becomes pretty overwhelming.Try this: Forget that whole "variety is the spice of life" mantra—at least when it comes to your favorite foods. Sticking to one or two brands for each can help you get a better grip on portion control. So look up how many slices, scoops, squares—whatever—make up a serving for your best-tasting buys, and only grab those at the grocery.

You've got too many choices

Variety may be the spice of life, but it isn't the ticket to weight loss: In a new study, people who ate a range of pepperoni pizza brands (as opposed to sticking to one) were less likely to think that the food would fill them up, and were more likely to overeat later. It makes sense if you think about it—since different brands pack different portions and calories, it's tough to figure out exactly how much to eat, and the wide array of options becomes pretty overwhelming.

Try this: Forget that whole "variety is the spice of life" mantra—at least when it comes to your favorite foods. Sticking to one or two brands for each can help you get a better grip on portion control. So look up how many slices, scoops, squares—whatever—make up a serving for your best-tasting buys, and only grab those at the grocery.

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