Diet Essential Reads

Interests Conflicted: A 'Wicked Problem' in Medical Research

A 'continuum of moral jeopardy' surrounds industry-sponsored funding of scientific research, especially in the field of obesity and nutrition. Why is that so?

5 Elements of Desire Formation

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Science of Choice
Whether people will give in to the desire in any given time depends on two things: the strength of the desire and the strength of the self to resist the urge.

Caffeine Helps Prevent Memory Loss, Research Shows

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 06, 2016 in Cravings
If you're worried about memory loss, new research says caffeine may be your drug of choice.

Irisin: The "Exercise Hormone" Is a Fat-Fighting Phenomenon

By Christopher Bergland on October 05, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that the exercise-induced hormone irisin can reduce the number of mature fat cells by 20 to 60 percent. If you want to lose weight, irisin production can help.

A New Approach to Weight Loss

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 03, 2016 in Cravings
Accept the challenge and commit to learning new skills, new research says.

Do My Gut Bacteria Make Me Look Fat?

Can we manipulate our gut bacteria to help shed a few pounds?
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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Why can’t I lose weight? Optimism is key to taking off the pounds. By Julie Jarrett Marcuse, Ph.D.

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think

By Georgia Ede MD on September 07, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
The long, slow journey to Alzheimer's Disease begins in your twenties. Find out if you are already on the road to dementia, and how you can change course right now.

Happiness Is (Literally) a Bowl of Cherries

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 05, 2016 in Cravings
Can eating healthier foods make you a happier person? Researchers say "yes!"

9 Ways to Say "No!"

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 31, 2016 in Cravings
Having trouble turning other people down? Try a variation on "no."

Psychological and Environmental Aspects of Who We Eat

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
"Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming" highlights the incredible damage agricultural practices do to our planet and psyches and offers viable solutions.

A Graduate Student's Ode to Coffee

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 25, 2016 in Psy-curious
A recent large-scale review reveals that coffee can be part of a healthy diet for adults.
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10 Ways Your Brain Keeps You From Maintaining Healthy Weight

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Science of Choice
Our cognitive biases lead to craving and overeating, and contribute to weight gain and obesity.

There Is More Than Butterflies in Your Stomach

By Emeran Mayer M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Gut Sensations
Is all the hype about the gut microbes, probiotics and certain foods and your brain health really justified? Separating speculations from scientific evidence is crucial

Is This (Finally) the Secret to Eating Less?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 22, 2016 in Cravings
Are you trying to eat less or at least eat better? It's all in your timing.

The "Electrochemical Persuasion" of Neuromodulation

Deliberate stimulation of the brain to manipulate behavior reads like something out of George Orwell’s "1984," but treatment of eating disorders & obesity is no longer "brainless"

A Nation Advances on Its Stomach

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Human Beast
Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Now, economists conclude that how well fed a nation is drives the economy.

The Incredible Healing Modality You've Never Heard Of

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Foot zoning looks a lot like acupressure but is not at all the same. Foot zoning, practitioners claim, brings a person back into balance.

Eating Anger

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 25, 2016 in Cravings
You're angry because you're hurt. Don't make it worse by overeating or otherwise self-destructing; find new ways to cope.

Unexpected Ways to Address the Obesity Epidemic

Free, simple and fun solutions may beat many years and billions of dollars of medical research

Study: Genes May Determine What Diet Works for You

Your genetic composition might determine what specific foods are healthiest for you to eat, according to groundbreaking research being presented at a conference in Orlando today.
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Can Sleeping Late Torpedo Your Diet?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
It’s not only the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep, but the timing of sleep that matters.

Why You Can’t Get Enough Sugar

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 11, 2016 in Cravings
There are many reasons why you crave sugary foods, and just as many reasons why you cave into your cravings.

Like Buttah

Butter is back—but it never left.

The Carbohydrate Conundrum

Less carbs? More whole grains? What does it all mean? A new study helps clarify.

Should You Try to Lose Weight?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 06, 2016 in Cravings
If you're carrying extra weight, it's up to you to decide what to do about it. No one else is in charge of your body.

Body Weight in the Time of Climate Control

Why have we become fatter in the past 40 years? One plausible contribution is the amount of time we spend in climate-controlled surroundings--the so-called "thermoneutral zone"-TNZ

Are You Killing Your Dog With Sweetness?

The FDA warns that a sweetener used in sugarless gum, candy, baked goods, toothpaste, and some nut butters can be life-threatening to dogs.

How to Love Your Body

Are images of perfect bodies weighing you down? Some thoughts on embracing your body the way it is.

How Your Culture Affects Your Weight

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 12, 2016 in Cravings
Who you are determines in great part how you eat and how you perceive your body weight.