If you love sweets, and you open your refrigerator only to be faced with a piece of cake, at some point you’re going to eat it—especially if you’re on a diet that restricts carbs. Similarly, if you go out to eat and a dessert arrives at the table, along with several spoons and plates so everyone can share, you will most likely indulge.

The human brain responds to immediate stimuli—what you see, you will want. To increase your sense of agency around food, rather than succumb to instinctively eating whatever you crave, remove temptations from your environment.