Essential Reads

Can Your Diet Make You Stupid?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph. D. on January 29, 2016 in Your Brain on Food
Obesity induces alterations in how the DNA within the cells of your brain allow you to encode new memories.

One Surefire Tip For Making Yourself Do What You Need to Do

By Nir Eyal on January 14, 2016 in Automatic You
New research reveals an effective way to get ourselves to do tough tasks.

The Double-Edged Sword of Alcohol Use

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on December 20, 2015 in The Gravity of Weight
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?

How Scary Are the Mental Health Risks of Vegetarianism?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 15, 2015 in Animals and Us
While most vegetarians don't have histories of psychiatric disorders, some studies have linked meat-avoidance with mental illness. But how strong is the link and why does it exist?

More Posts on Diet

Obesity, Diet, and Your Brain

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Media Spotlight
Recent research has found a strong link between high fat, high sugar "Western diets" (WD for short) and obesity, brain functioning, and our ability to learn.

Even Nutrition Savvy Kids Choose Cookies Not Fruit. Why?

Nutrition education program enables kids to identify—and say they prefer— healthier snacks. But what happens when kids are offered a snack of either cookies or grapes?

Why We Get So Emotionally Attached to a Favorite Coffee Mug

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on February 02, 2016 Minding the Body
Do you cherish a favorite coffee mug and feel ultra-possessive about it? Here's the scoop on the deep psychological appeal of a treasured mug.

The New Dietary Guidelines Highlight Limiting Sugar

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Food Junkie
How do you limit your sugar intake if you don't know where it's hidden?

Food and Fitness: The Case for Letting go of Extremism

Moderation is the key to improved health and quality of life

Why You Should Ignore Standardized Dietary Recommendations

Both fad diets and the government-endorsed dietary guidelines have the same flaw: They are based upon the non-existent average person.

Fat = Lazy & Gluttonous, says World Health Organization

Weight stigma is everywhere. Including the World Health Organization.

Why Do We Eat When We're Not Hungry?

By Eliezer J. Sternberg M.D. on January 25, 2016 NeuroLogic
Scientists have discovered a brain circuit that may cause overeating...as well as the strategy to overcome it.

The Flavors of Our Travels

Food is a gateway to the cultures we are exploring, and later, a faithful gateway to our memories.

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.

Are You Overweight or Obese?

The BMI isn't foolproof. Here are some alternative measures you can use.

Keeping Those New Year's Resolutions Going Strong

By Nieca Goldberg M.D. on January 21, 2016 Your Well-Being
New Year's fitness resolutions going limp already? That Netflix series you want to binge on can become your workout buddy.

Cure Obesity with . . . Water?

When it comes to weight and health, neither journalists nor researchers ask the right questions.

Chemotherapy: How to Get Through It

By Lucy O'Donnell on January 20, 2016 Cancer Is a Teacher
Chemotherapy is gruesome, but there are ways to make it more tolerable. Forewarned is fore-armed.

Why I Don’t Exercise As I Should

We don’t engage in treatment that is good for us if we don’t accept its mechanics or we don’t have a vessel for our positive feelings about the person treating us.

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.

In Nutrition, Where Does Science Stop and Fantasy Begin?

Is there any truth to claims there was a Paleolithic diet? And what is the “paleofantasy?”

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.

When New Year's Resolutions Turn Deadly

For some people, New Year's resolutions can trigger a nightmare that never ends.

Saffron for Emotional Health

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on January 10, 2016 Inner Source
Want a way to spice up your mood? Solid research is suggesting you may want to add saffron on your psychoemotional as well as culinary spice rack.

Unlocking the sleep-gut connection

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
What relationship exists between sleep and this microbial ecosystem within the human body? Emerging science demonstrates that there is a very real, dynamic connection between the m

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?

Why You Should Consider Making Love to Your Ears

Having a hard time doing what's good for you? Gamifying and Mimifying to the rescue!

The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Beings' Urge to Overeat

New research on human evolution explains our subconscious craving to overeat—especially during winter. Luckily, there's an antidote to counter the effects of overindulgence.

10 Tips for Creating Your Healthiest Self This Year

Tired of making resolutions but not sticking with them? 10 easy, simple, and seriously effective steps for creating and maintaining good health.

Learn How to Make the Most of Your New Year’s Resolution!

This is the year to become resolute about making your resolution work. Use these steps to get to where you want.

Two Habits That Will Improve Your Health Forever

By Donna Flagg on January 04, 2016 Honestly
Eating healthy is not what it used to be. These new habits will go a long way.

Diets Don't Work When You Are Stressed

All those juice cleanses and smoothies later, four days into January, and the diet fatigue begins to creep in.