Analyzing Appetite

If only it were a simple calculus: hungry, eat, full, stop. But an array of biochemicals sending signals to the brain from a variety of local centers and around the body makes appetite very complex. Appetite is malleable in order to take advantage of excess calories whenever they are available, and sometimes it can be difficult to control. 

Recent Posts on Appetite

Binge Eating Disorder: Hunger for Food or Something Else?

A new drug offers treatment for the cycle of food abuse.

Is Portion Control Really the Key to Dieting Success?

By Gregg McBride on January 23, 2016 The Weight-ing Game
Can there really such a thing as eating too many steamed green beans? In my experience (as someone who has taken off over 250 pounds and kept it off for a decade)... Absolutely.

Play With Your Food

What can we learn from playing with our food?

Easy Trick to Help You Feel Fuller

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on January 15, 2016 Comfort Cravings
This article talks about one of the easiest ways to help you to eat more mindfully. Check out this easy trick to being more in charge of how much you eat.

Eating Right in 2016: Still "Women's Work"?

Men and women approach food differently. Here's why.

Will You Lose Weight By Giving Up Meat?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Animals and Us
Most diets fail. This new study compares vegetarianism and veganism as strategies for shedding excess pounds. The results are encouraging.

Why Does Chronic Stress Make Losing Weight More Difficult?

New research shows that long-term stress creates a triple whammy that makes losing weight practically impossible. How can you break this vicious cycle?

Is the New Year Really the Best Time to Declare a New You?

By Gregg McBride on January 02, 2016 The Weight-ing Game
2016 is the year you can lose your excess weight. But only if you think of yourself with love, acceptance and the knowledge that you got it goin' on -- even as you are right now.

The Slippery Food Scale

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 01, 2016 Fighting Fear
There are some neglected food scales, including the slippery food scale--and others.

Holiday Fat Facts

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 27, 2015 Overcoming Pain
One study showed that the period between mid-November and early January was the main time period during which significant weight gain occurred for the year.

The Double-Edged Sword of Alcohol Use

During the Holidays, many people find themselves celebrating not only with excessive food intake but with increased alcohol as well. What are complex effects of alcohol on weight?

The Road Long Past Recovery…Called Life?

By Emily T. Troscianko on December 17, 2015 A Hunger Artist
How stopping eating something sweet before bedtime can be a decision against anorexia rather than for it – and how a bit of ruthlessness can make space for future freedom.

Powerful Tool to Stop Emotional Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on December 15, 2015 Comfort Cravings
I'd like to introduce you to an exercise I created called the 5-5-5-5-5 exercise. It's one of my favorite strategies for coping with emotional eating.

Drawing a Line in the Sugar with Chef Emily Luchetti

By Carrie Barron M.D. on December 14, 2015 The Creativity Cure
Dessert's are about emotional connection as well as sugar. Celebrity Emily Luchetti helps us approach them in a healthy way.

The Healing Benefits of Bone Broth

By Lucy O'Donnell on December 07, 2015 Cancer Is a Teacher
If you are ill or going through cancer treatment and have a loss of appetite, nutrient dense bone broth can effectively restore the body without the stress of of digesting solids.

What It Means to Eat 'Like a Man' (or Woman)

Foods are gendered—meat is associated with virile masculinity and “light” foods are evoke delicate femininity—and are a means gender performance and others’ gendered evaluation.

This Holiday Season: Say Nuts to Calories

Quality over quantity; why the fixation on calories is ruining our health.

8 Ways to Eat Mindfully During the Holidays

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 25, 2015 Comfort Cravings
It's not easy to eat mindfully during the holidays! Here are a few simple psychological tips that can help you avoid overeating while still mindfully eating holiday foods you love like pumpkin pie and sugar cookies.

Lose Weight Instantly With Optical Illusions

Forget the gym this holiday. Applying perceptual neuroscience is faster.

Forget Willpower: A Smarter Strategy to Resist Temptation

Just in time for the Holidays, with the endless parade of treats and snacks, a positive and appropriate method to fight temptation.

In Defense of the Bagel

Americans have an endless obsession with diets and eating or not eating foods in an effort to lose weight, bloat or fat. Often the food restrictions or diet imposed serve to induce bingeing at some point. The gluten-free environment has left the friendly bagel maligned or at least misrepresented.

Appetite for Risk: What Is Your Approach to Risk?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 A Sideways View
People are quite different in their appetite for risk. Are "risky types" risky in all their behaviors: in the workplace, in their personal relationships, in the way they drive, in what they eat and drink?

Coffee Talk

Coffee: Morning savior or caffeinated devil?

A Fun Way to Beat Emotional Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 13, 2015 Comfort Cravings
Do you need a quick and easy way to calm your nerves without calories? Try this technique to help break you free from emotional eating.

A Reasonable Dietary Goal for Today

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 08, 2015 Fighting Fear
Dieters fail because they think of dieting in the wrong way. Setting deadlines is counter-productive. Success in dieting can be measured each day

Why White, Female Alleged Killers Become Celebrity Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 02, 2015 Wicked Deeds
When an attractive young, white woman is charged with murder, the media feed the public’s huge appetite for graphic images and information on the case.

Is the Customer Always Right?

The last of supply and demand may hold, but it is important to know which came first, and whether the demand is either good or permissible.

Our Appetite for Psychological Banality

Many people go through a diary-keeping phase. Does it help them to do so? A blank notebook offers a few hints on how to become self-obsessed.

Medical Marijuana: The Science Behind THC and CBD

Although marijuana remains a Schedule I substance with the Drug Enforcement Agency, medicinal marijuana continues to make headway in today’s medical society and is stirring up controversy. Only in the past couple of decades have scientists begun to understand the specific medical benefits of the two main ingredients in marijuana: THC and CBD.

6 Ways to Avoid Overeating Halloween Candy

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on October 19, 2015 Comfort Cravings
Halloween can be a scary time for stress eaters. Here are 6 tips to help you remain mindful this Halloween and avoid overeating candy!