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

10 Strategies for Developing Self-Control

Self-control strategies are considered key drivers of behavior change to promote healthier behavior.

Why Simple Advice is Often the Best Advice

By Gregg McBride on March 25, 2017 in The Weight-ing Game
No matter how many times we replay past events or decisions in our heads, they are never going to be undone. So the sooner we swallow hard and move on, the better.

Is Global Warming Making You Fat?

Brown fat can help control your weight but only when you're cold.

Dietary Changes Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Are you worried about developing Alzheimer's disease? Simple dietary changes can reduce your risk.

Gut Check

While you sit on your tuffet; how does your inner garden grow?

A Dietary Treatment for Depression

In a world first, Australian researchers have used a dietary change to successfully treat depression.

Dog Owners Are Wrong About the Health Benefits of Raw Diets

Despite dog owners' beliefs that raw animal product dog foods are healthier data suggests that they are unsafe.

Six Signs to Assess an Eating Disorder

Understanding the signs of an eating disorder diagnoses can help you take life-saving measures.

Your Gut Health and Your Weight

If you've struggled with obesity, you may not know that the state of your gut health may be part of the problem.

Should We Focus on a Women’s Weight During Pregnancy?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on March 11, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
The irony of weight-focused care is that the more preoccupied we become with trying to control our weight, the more out-of-control it often becomes.

Salt Intake: Taking Advice With That Proverbial Grain

"Next to air and water, salt is perhaps the greatest necessity of life," wrote Mahatma Gandhi. Do we really know how much salt is too much for maintaining our health?

4 Ways Tech Can Help Improve your Health this Spring

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Connected
Check out how to use the tech in your life to improve your health.

The Chaos of Neal Barnard

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Neal Barnard has never been one to accept the status quo.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

Aging Well Can Be Simple

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Memory Medic
If I asked you to name the two most important lifestyle influences on aging, in two words, could you do it?

Nicole's Story: Anorexia and Access to Care

Your heart cannot beat unless you feed it. Nicole, a young woman who lived with Anorexia Nervosa, shares her story.

Well, You Might As Well Eat That Donut

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 28, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
In the real world, the findings suggest, even a woman’s smart dietary choices may not be enough to neutralize the harm done by a day filled with stress.

Food and Sex

Food, sex and the pleasure principle

Don’t Let Your Thinking Sabotage Your Goals

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
How you see yourself in the future can either help or hinder your ability to delay gratification.

Why It's So Hard to Resist Late-Night Eating

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
If you've struggled to limit your eating after dinner, you're not alone. Find out why the drive to keep eating can be so strong—and ways to rein it in.
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Stop Being a Short-Order Chef: 10 Lessons Kids Need to Learn

Unless you enjoy making multiple meals, it's time to switch strategies. Stop looking for the right food and start teaching the right lessons.

Just Wear it? Tech Won’t Improve Your Fitness On Its Own

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Using wearable tech is unlikely to solve the obesity crisis, but it might prevent obesity among those who have less risky lifestyles.

Success, the Slow-Cooked Way

There is no shortage of crash diet options, but what if our bodies need time to acclimate? What if they actually need a slow-cooked method of change over a long period of time?
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The Behavioral Side of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

The tendency to engage in "mental accounting" can help government to target assistance where it is intended.

World's First Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

By Georgia Ede MD on February 17, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Groundbreaking research proves that dietary choices have the power to help reduce and even reverse depression.

Mindful Eating for the Mamavore

Do you pay attention to what you are eating? Having kids can make it challenging. Here are a few reminders to keep us on our mindful eating game.

The Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 10, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Research indicates that people at higher weights—fat people—are at increased risk for eating disorders. But their symptoms often go unnoticed.
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Depression: A Psychiatrist Suggests Peanut Butter, Chocolate

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on February 10, 2017 in On Call
Can peanut butter and dark chocolate help relieve depression?

Better Eating Can Relieve Depression

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 08, 2017 in Open Gently
The famous Mediterranean diet can help relieve major depression, and it can't hurt you!

Why Eyes are Blue

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in The Human Beast
Our remote ancestors likely had dark eyes, whether brown or black. Blue eyes are common in northern Europe and emerged some 5,000 years ago. This suggests evolution can be fast.