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

Are You an Adventurous Eater?

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 23, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
Do you like to try new, exotic foods or do you stick to the same foods you know you like? You may be surprised by some of the benefits of being an adventurous eater outlined in this article.

The Best Strategy For Getting Motivated

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 15, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
This month I've been focusing on motivation tips and getting to the bottom of what helps people to move out of their old ruts and start eating healthier and more mindfully today. Find out here!

4 Key Facts About Your Body and Your Relationship

How we feel about our bodies impacts our relationships and our relationships impact our feelings about our bodies. So what are some of the lessons from science that can contribute to improvements in not only our body image, but possibly our relationships?

The Difference Between Rationalization and Rationality

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 13, 2015 in Ambigamy
Thinking fast; thinking slow is a hot topic these days, but it may be two topics confused with each other.

Brace Yourself

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on July 12, 2015 in Fertility Factor
While egg freezing can offer a woman the possibility of extending her fertile years, it is a procedure that is far from benign in its psychological ramifications.

The 20 Best Motivational Quotes

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 07, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight is a motivational quote I tell many of my clients, particularly when they are making efforts to change their eating and they slide back into old habits. Get 20 motivational quotes to get you inspired to get started and moving forward today!

Will Valuable Lessons Continue with Violence?

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 in Screen Time
See the Mocking Jay's World Before it Rest - The Hunger Games: The Exhibition will open on July 1. The exhibit will provide fans with an insider's view of Panem everything from costumes to hands-on interactions. The level of violent content within is cause for discussion on its continuance. Will a similar level of violent now become commonplace in young adult media?

9 Scientific Strategies for Healthy Weight Without Dieting

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 20, 2015 in Living Single
The best way to achieve your "leanest livable weight" is to forsake dieting, give up on summoning that elusive willpower, and use the findings from social science to change your environments and your ways of thinking about food. The strategies are based on research, not some bogus fad.

Why Do We Eat?

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on June 17, 2015 in Food Junkie
Why do we continue to eat when we are not even hungry? How has the food environment changed so drastically over time?

Are You the Real Thing?

Coca Cola's brilliant "Share-a-Coke" advertising campaign has resurrected the flagging giant and refueled the debate over the toxic adverse health effects of soda and the vulnerability of the consuming public.

Why Some of Us Get Bored—and Some Don't

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 13, 2015 in Open Gently
When you're bored, pay attention to why...And pay attention, period.

How Forgiveness Therapy Helps Emotional Eating

By Karen Salmansohn on June 09, 2015 in Bouncing Back
If you want a successful Weight Loss Plan, start with a "Hate Loss Plan."

Why You Eat At Night And How to Stop

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 30, 2015 in Open Gently
Food eaten late at night doesn't give you the buzz you crave.

When to Eat a Salad: Before or During a Meal?

Do you love summer salads? I did some research on whether it is helpful to serve/order a salad before or during a meal and how it impacts your appetite. And, I give an exciting new type of salad that can help you to eat more mindful.

Happy Tea Drinkers?

By David Myers on May 26, 2015 in Talk Psych
Are those who drink several cups of tea a day at less risk of depression than those who have little or none? If so, does this indicate that tea drinking helps protect against depression? Eleven studies suggest some answers.

7 Eating Tips for People Too Smart to Diet

Experts weigh in! A registered dietician, nutritionist, a weight loss coach and others provide their most essential advice for weight loss. Surprisngly, no two people came up with the exact same advice!

What Do You Reach For First Thing In The Morning?

By Gregg McBride on May 23, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
What do you feel like you have to have first thing in the morning that might give a nutritionist a panic attack? By paying attention to how you feel (how you really feel), you might just realize these substances aren't what you're craving after all. And as our tastes change, our bodies, minds and health can change—for the better.

The Melancholy of Anatomy: Excessive Weight and Depression

Does a depressive disorder lead to weight gain or does weight gain lead to a depressive disorder? Studies in the past few years seem to indicate a “bidirectional relationship” between excessive weight and depression, with major public health implications.

When Life is Too Sweet

Why does sugar have to be bad for you?

To Weigh or Not to Weigh?

By Emily T. Troscianko on May 14, 2015 in A Hunger Artist
What do the act of self-weighing, and those numbers on the scales, represent in anorexia and recovery? Is weighing yourself during recovery likely to do more harm or good?

Not Just Curious: What In You Seeks Psychological Insights?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Ambigamy
You could be watching cat videos but instead you read PT Blogs. Why is that? Here's one big appetite for psychological insight

Aerobic Activity vs. Weight Lifting: Which Burns More Fat?

A combination of strength training, aerobic exercise, and reducing caloric intake is a winning formula for weight loss. However, there is one important caveat.

Peanut Butter is My Gateway Drug

By Gregg McBride on April 25, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
Taking the taboo and shame out of a binge can help shed light—and perhaps even some laughter—onto the addictive habits that might be holding us back from finding forgiveness, compassion and (ultimately) success.

The Self "Loathsome Gluttony" of Binge-eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a new diagnostic category in psychiatry's DSM-5 although it was first described in 1959. Already pharmaceutical companies are heavily marketing their medications to this new population.

How We Frame Emotions Through Facial Expressions

How our faces express emotions is a moving window into our minds.

Reducing Your Stress From A Challenging Child

Managing your emotional health is crucial for parenting a difficult child.

Why Writing for Psychology Today Is a Good Idea

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 16, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A recent essay called "Prof, no one is read you" shows why writing for popular audiences is more effective than publishing in professional journals. It turns out that "82 per cent of articles published in humanities are not even cited once. No one ever refers to 32 per cent of the peer-reviewed articles in the social and 27 per cent in the natural sciences."

The Joy of Distraction

Negative affect is among the most important triggers of self-control failures.

5 Reasons to Go Meat Free Right Now!

In what ways can your mind, body, and spirit benefit from going meatless?

Heisenberg Capacitor

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 13, 2015 in One Among Many
Here’s Part III of my effort to strike a blow for hedonism by nullifying Nozick’s experience machine. Reality as it is is good enough. Enjoy it.