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If your brain is distracted from your food, it has the possibility to forget to signal your body that you’re full, which means you’ll refill your plate even if your body doesn’t need or want those extra calories, according to Jeff Brufnstrom, PhD, a behavioral nutrition researcher at the University of Bristol. Your mind subconsciously stores information about the food you’re consuming, then uses this information to determine when you are full or when you should eat next. But these mechanisms don’t work if you aren’t paying attention to the food you’re chowing down and might not get the most out of it. To fully absorb the food, you should eat physically and mentally get rid of all distraction at mealtime. More importantly, pay attention to your plate.

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