All About Diet

It's no secret that we need calories to fuel the body's basic energy needs. Yet many of us find it difficult to take in the right amount—and the right kind—of fuel. No matter how many guidelines we're given, we still crave what we know is bad for us. And in an era where sugary and fatty snacks are often within arm's reach, resisting those cravings has become exceedingly difficult. So what's an average consumer to do? Read on for some insight into why we behave the way we do around food, and what you can do to make eating healthier a little bit easier.

Recent posts on Diet

The BS Reducing Diet

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Ambigamy
Admit it, we all binge on BS, even though it can make us fatheads. Then go on a sustainable diet to reduce your intake for your own sake. Here are six times for BS dieting.

The Long Reach of Diet

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in The Human Beast
Dietary recommendations are often faddish as illustrated by flip-flops on whether to take vitamins. Now researchers are grasping how diet interacts genes and offspring.

Bulimia: An Integrated Map of Nine Key Elements

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Sparked by a recent research on personality factors and eating disorders, this post maps out nine key components to help understand the development of bulimia.

Do You Overeat? You Might Want to Blame Childhood Stress

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on December 08, 2016 in Critical Decisions
Eating only when you are hungry: That’s a real luxury.

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Here are some evidence-based tips to avoid gaining weight this holiday season.

How We've Been Lulled Into Overeating

By Temma Ehrenfeld on December 07, 2016 in Open Gently
The phrase "Everything in moderation" enters our brains as "Go ahead, don't be stingy." We overestimate how much we can eat "moderately."

Is Mild Love the New Exciting Romance?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Ideal love is depicted as a very passionate experience. Yet mild love seems a better indicator of enduring love. Can we admit our mild love without insulting our partners?

Improve Clinical Outcomes by Caring for the "Second Brain"

What do migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and mental illness have in common?
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Can Mindfulness Reduce Your Belly Fat?

If you have an apple shape, mindfulness might help.

Are Humans "Born to Move"?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"

Most People Don’t Gain Much Over the Holidays

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 30, 2016 in Open Gently
Only 10 percent of Americans gain 5 lbs or more during the holiday season. Most gain a pound they lose later.

Are Kids Born, or Made Into, Emotional Overeaters?

Are the roots of emotional overeating in childhood?

The Craving Mind

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key aspect of relapse is the way cravings can distort practical reasoning, typically in ways that make it difficult to plan in advance.

Changing Minds on Meat Eating

Effective animal advocacy is turning to empirical research for guidance.

Winter Holiday Weight Gain and Related Biological Causes

There are seasonal biological changes that facilitate an increase in our caloric intake.

The Brittle World of Peanut Allergy

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on November 24, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
Any food allergy, but particularly one to peanuts, is potentially life-threatening. Those affected currently have very little choice other than to avoid the culprit food.

Dealing with Dietary Differences During the Holidays

By Georgia Ede MD on November 23, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Special diets don't have to be a recipe for disaster during the holidays. Here's some simple, helpful advice for hosts and guests alike to maximize everyone's health and happiness.

Holiday Help for Emotional Overeaters

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 21, 2016 in Cravings
Holiday anxiety creeping up? Don't let it trigger you to overeat.
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How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving with Difficult Relatives

By Gretchen Rubin on November 21, 2016 in The Happiness Project
Here are some strategies for keeping Thanksgiving dinner — or any holiday gathering, at any time of the year — pleasant.

Your Mental Healthcare: The Integrative Solution

A revolution in mental healthcare includes many effective, non-pharmaceutical approaches.

Nutritional Psychoeducation: How Do I Begin With My Clients?

Nutrition is the missing key in successful mental health treatment.
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Huh? Gut Bugs Change Cancer Therapy?

Make your bacteria work for you—without paying for it.

Save Your Thanksgiving With Multi-Minute Cooking Videos

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Screen Time
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. You are thinking: "What do I do with this turkey?!" Cooking videos may boost self-confidence, as told through social cognitive theory.

New Diabetes Drugs Add Nothing But Cost and Complications

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 17, 2016 in Saving Normal
Medication is a last resort for Type 2 diabetes and the older meds are better than the newer ones.
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21 Things to Say to Kids Instead of "Just Try It"

Asking children to "take one bite" easily creates the habit of rejection. They'll take a bite, but they aren't really open to the experience. A new strategy can open kids up.

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.
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Sleep Less, Weigh More

Does getting a bit less sleep make you hungry?
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Why Are We Eating Portions Larger Than Our Heads?

Cleaning your plate no longer is relevant.

The Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

We've all experienced sleepless nights. How does this affect our eating patterns the next day?

Can Feeling Insecure Predict Obesity?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Can the quality of our relationships play a role in obesity? A new meta-analytic study suggests that it can (at least for adults).