Unless you are one of the rare people who never overeats (aka a liar) you understand the sorrow that comes with this activity. We may write down whatever we digest. We may use phone apps to help us maintain a healthy weight. We may even refuse to buy certain foods. Ultimately the demon known as overeating visits again and we go through the process like we didn’t learn a thing from the last time.
Good dieters know a slight temptation can lead to a break from eating well. A coworker simply bringing in a box of donuts as a kind gesture is a lot crueler deep down inside than they ever intended. The temptation is more than the donuts being in the same room as you. The real temptation begins when you see the attractive and in-shape coworkers engaging in the deliciousness without appearing guilty at all. If they can do it, why can’t you?
Once you do give into overeating two roads open up. You can either overeat or you can completely binge and swear to yourself you will never eat anything again. Of course, this is impossible because pizza exists and is far too good to not indulge in sometime soon. The act of giving into the temptation is usually the most pleasurable of all. Even when you consciously understand what you are doing is wrong there is a lot of satisfaction whenever lots of tasty food touches your tongue and slides into your stomach.
Overeating ends when there is no food left. You cannot simply eat too much ice cream and leave some for tomorrow. Either a normal portion must be consumed or an unholy amount will be devoured. Even before your body begins telling you this was a bad idea your mind will have its doubts. The body does eventually catch up. It begins with a little bit of extra sweating then maybe some stomach pain. Your skin will feel looser and suddenly flirting or even interacting with another human is out of the question.
Guilt sets in. You regret everything until someone lies and tells you how good you look. The process repeats itself.