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

How to Eat Slower: 6 Strategies

We've all heard that it is important to eat slower. Here are 5 compelling reasons slow down your pace today and 6 strategies that can help make it happen.

The Quick and the Dead

Does convenience determine your food and health choices?

Marijuana and Weight: A Plant With Virtues to Be Discovered?

Many people have experienced the “munchies,” those extraordinarily powerful feelings of hunger after using marijuana. Surprisingly, marijuana has paradoxical effects on weight.

When Tradition Trumps Science

Saturated fat that naturally occurred in the diet was never bad for us. How did we fall off the edge of the map?

How Does Metabolic Rate Really Change After Anorexia? Part 2

What is the relation between energy intake, bodyweight, and metabolic rate in the later stages of recovery from anorexia?

How Does Metabolic Rate Really Change After Anorexia? Part 1

What is the relation between energy intake, bodyweight, and metabolic rate in recovery from anorexia?

Determining the Value of Food: Do We Have It Wrong? Part 1

We focus on calories, but are the intangible quality characteristics the deciding factor between whether our diet delivers health or disease?

There Is No One Right Diet for Everyone

How does your metabolism determine the best foods for your mental health?

Gut Instincts

Can you "catch" obesity from the food you eat? Obesity as an infectious disease

The Big O: 5 Reasons You Need to Have It

The Big "O" for healthy body and soul...

The Food Experience

What is the food experience and does it matter?

Is Sleep Loss Like Marijuana?

What exactly makes me hungry?

The Food Experience

What is the food experience and does it matter?

The Fear of Gaining Weight

By Carrie Barron M.D. on February 21, 2016 The Creativity Cure
Eating and weight gain can be associated with painful, inhibiting states of shame. Here is one person's story.

5 Reasons to Stop Counting Calories

This month give the gift of freedom from math.

Too Skinny Models: Are They Models of Eating Disorders?

We really want to see a more healthful portrayal of female models who our daughters seek to emulate.

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.