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Are Sugar Substitutes Healthier than Sugar? It’s Debatable.

Artificial sweeteners lower caloric intake and body weight —but at what cost?

Eating Garlic Makes Men Smell More Attractive

The body odor of men who eat garlic is rated more attractive and pleasant

Will a Low Carb Diet Deepen Your Winter Blues?

Research points to how carbs increase serotonin production.

Recent Posts on Diet

8 Ways to Eat Mindfully During the Holidays

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 25, 2015 Comfort Cravings
It's not easy to eat mindfully during the holidays! Here are a few simple psychological tips that can help you avoid overeating while still mindfully eating holiday foods you love like pumpkin pie and sugar cookies.

Lose Weight Instantly With Optical Illusions

Forget the gym this holiday. Applying perceptual neuroscience is faster.

3 Tips for Rejecting Diet-Mentality This Thanksgiving

How to stand up against diet-culture over the holidays.

5 Tips to Manage Your Eating Around the Holidays

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 24, 2015 Eating Mindfully
The holidays can be a time of stress and turmoil, especially when it comes to our eating. In the sea of holiday food chaos, let mindful eating be your guide to a balanced and nurturing relationship with food and your body.

The Danger of Carbs

If the only thing you fit into from high school is your high school earrings, you will want to read tips on how to not overeat during the holidays.

In Defense of the Bagel

Americans have an endless obsession with diets and eating or not eating foods in an effort to lose weight, bloat or fat. Often the food restrictions or diet imposed serve to induce bingeing at some point. The gluten-free environment has left the friendly bagel maligned or at least misrepresented.

Can Us Dieters Really Have Our Cake and Eat it, too?

By Gregg McBride on November 21, 2015 The Weight-ing Game
When working to get or stay healthy, any food and drink requires portion control. This is as true for green beans as it is for fresh-baked treats. That's what moderation is all about. And whether you incorporate moderation into your lifestyle before, during or after a diet, it's something you're going to want to master at some point.

Sugar on the Brain

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 20, 2015 Minding the Body
When your blood sugar is already a little elevated, it's even harder to resist reaching for a sweet treat.

Should You Boycott Holiday Baking?

Are you already stressed about the weight you'll gain over the holidays? Here's a simple tip that will go a long way: Stop baking. Say no to anything that involves bringing or exchanging sweet treats. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

Do people replace food with sex?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 19, 2015 Eating Mindfully
Subway's Jared Fogel argued that his diet made him engage in sex acts with minors. Can dieting really lead to compulsive sexual behaviors?

5 Key Elements Of Sustainable Change

If you want to know whether someone will stick to a given goal (resolution) you will need to know how specific/realistic the goal, about his motivation, his level of confidence, and the strength of his willpower.

Coffee Talk

Coffee: Morning savior or caffeinated devil?

Bad News for the Belly: It's the Holiday Season Again

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on November 17, 2015 Patient Power
Weighing more than you want to is hard enough on you. But with the holiday season closing fast, the challenges to your waistline are even greater. Here is some practical knowledge as to why you must control your weight, and some realistic tips for the holidays and beyond. You can do this, and you'll both feel and truly be healthier when you succeed!

The Psychology of Food

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 How To Do Life
As we enter the holidays, on harvesting maximum pleasure from eating and cooking.

Are Men Greedy Because They're Show-offs?

A team of economists from Cornell University have found that the amount of food we eat depends on the sex of our dining partner.

Are Sugar Substitutes Healthier than Sugar? It’s Debatable.

As our hearts ache from the loss of life in Paris, I am reminded of the joie de vivre of the French people and their love of gastronomy. Vive la France! In this post, I look at new research on the potential health benefits of using sugar substitutes. Regardless of the science, the French remind us that eating delicious food in moderate portions is a healthy source of joy.

Will This Turkey Inspire You to Trust People?

By Kevin Bennett on November 13, 2015 Modern Minds
Here's what might happen after your Thanksgiving meal this year.

Is There a Hole in Your Sidewalk?

How to get of the hole you keep falling into.

Do Parents Make Their Children Fat?

Research suggests that it’s not just unhealthy food choices that are putting the pounds on our children; parenting style also has a significant impact on childhood obesity.

A Fun Way to Beat Emotional Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 13, 2015 Comfort Cravings
Do you need a quick and easy way to calm your nerves without calories? Try this technique to help break you free from emotional eating.

When Your Partner Is Obese

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 12, 2015 Open Gently
If your partner is getting heavier, work on the relationship in other ways.

Eating Garlic Makes Men Smell More Attractive

New research from psychologists in Scotland and the Czech Republic has revealed that eating this sulfurous bulb could improve your body odor.

Is Junk Food to Blame for the Obesity Epidemic? Yes and No.

According to a new study from Cornell University, junk food alone is not driving the skyrocketing obesity rates in the United States.

A Reasonable Dietary Goal for Today

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 08, 2015 Fighting Fear
Dieters fail because they think of dieting in the wrong way. Setting deadlines is counter-productive. Success in dieting can be measured each day

A Medical Futurist Discusses Health and Transhumanism

Dr. Bertalan Mesko kept receiving amazing questions about the future of medicine. He decided to write them down to better understand the general public’s interest in health technology and innovation. The result is his new book: My Health: Upgraded. I caught up with him recently to ask about the future of health and transhumanism.

Is Holiday Stress Creeping Up on You?

Holiday stress can make the holidays seem like torture rather than pleasure. Use integrative therapies and mindful activities to reduce the stress that holidays can bring.

Will Obesity Bankrupt the United States in the Near Future?

As of November 2015, over 30 percent of adults in the United States are considered obese. The economic cost of the obesity epidemic is mind-boggling. Two new studies report that obesity-related healthcare is costing American taxpayers and individuals hundreds of billions annually in medical bills. What can each of us do to reduce the healthcare costs of obesity?

Why Do We Think it's Okay to Make Fun of Overweight People?

Despite the greater sensitivity in today’s society to humor that disparages someone on the basis of physical characteristics, so-called “fat people” are still fair game when it comes to jokes. Whatever your body size, and whether or not you’ve been a target, the plight of the overweight should be a problem that concerns us all.

What Causes Out-Of-Control Eating?

Food cravings affect millions of Americans but for some, these cravings may be an indication of an addictive relationship with food.

Will a Low Carb Diet Deepen Your Winter Blues?

Carbs aren't the fattening poison some insist that they are. They're actually a mood enhancing, appetite satiating wonder of nutrition.