Half the point of going to a restaurant or learning to cook something you saw on Pinterest is the Instagram post you get out of it. Seriously, if you don’t post a pic, then the calories probably weren’t worth it. If you haven’t checked out our #EatingForTheInsta, then you’ve missed out on some major food-inspo. But in the biggest plot twist since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s divorce: Scientists have found that looking at photos of food can actually cause you to gain weight. There is no God.
These scientists found that “regular exposure to virtual foods, and the array of neural, physiological, and behavioral responses linked to it, might be exacerbating our physiological hunger way too often.” Which means that when you see photos of zucchini ribbons with avocado-pesto, your brain makes you think you’re hungry, even though you already ate two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&M’s, and like 3 pieces of licorice.
Plus, if you’re already fat, your brain is “more likely to respond to images of high-calorie foods particularly in parts of the brain responsible for registering rewards and coordinating motor skills like hand-to-mouth movements and swallowing.” So if you want to lose 3 pounds, your best bet is just to delete all of your social media accounts.