Stimulants affect different people in different ways. Just look at Ritalin-- it's a stimulant that calms some people! Caffeine is the same. Certain people find it stimulating even in small amounts, while others find that a small amount is actually calming. My dad almost always has a cup of coffee right before he goes to bed; that little bit of caffeine helps him sleep. Personally, I find that a small amount of caffeine suppresses my appetite and gives me greater self-control, but a lot of it will make me hungry.
If you lose self-control after taking caffeine, there are a lot of likely explanations. One that most people overlook is the possibility that the caffeine is an effect, not a cause. It could be that you're unusually hungry or jittery without being fully aware of it, and you instinctively go for the caffeine to try to calm it, but the caffeine just fails to work. In that case, the caffeine isn't really causing the other issues; the other issues cause BOTH the hunger AND the caffeine consumption.
Either way, if you have a reaction to caffeine that you don't like, you can always just avoid caffeine. It's not something you need, and eliminating it can save money as well as making you feel better, so it's worth trying to kick it.
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