Just the act of eating each meal places a large degree of physiological stress on the immune system.
The popular diet isn’t quite the weight loss “miracle” people claimed it was.
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Recent study found it's no more a "miracle" solution for weight loss than regular diets are.
A Thanksgiving feast.
A behavioral scientist explains why people become vegans, why some meat-eaters find them so irksome and how scientists may be nudging us all toward a more plant-centric existence.
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No matter the time of the year, it's always open season on veganism.
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The continued prevalence of fat stigma and shaming needs to be challenged.
If you want to remain lean, this study of mouse diets suggests your fat intake should make up just a fifth of your overall calorie intake.
The drive to overeat may be rooted in survival brain circuits.
New weight loss approaches seek to switch off the brain patterns that drive overeating and weight regain. Here's how that works, and how it could help you.
Eating a delicious doughnut now seems more rewarding than the nebulous concept of “better future health”.
People tend to value potential future rewards less than similar immediate rewards when they must choose between them. Psychologists and economists call this “delay discounting”.
The Wizard of Oz promised results he could not deliver but was convincing in his presentation. Diet wizards have done the same for decades.
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Dieting fads have been around for more than a century, but none of them has been shown to curb obesity long-term. The good news is that scientific evidence is revealing treatments that do work.
A man who is overweight walking alone in a park. Walking with a doctor could be helpful for overweight patients.
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Health care providers often recommend exercise to overweight people as a way to lose weight, but that often does not work. Injuries can occur, and frustration can mount. Can walking with them work?
John Fekner’s art warned others of toxins poisoning the planet.
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Diet books aren't just fluff. They offer a powerful insight into who Americans are – and how we wish the world could be.
Another day, another diet.
For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
The price of weight loss is lifelong vigilance
A very low-carb diet can prompt changes in your brain similar to that caused by the illicit drug GHB.
Some people on very low-carb diets say they feel euphoric, have clear minds and lose their appetite. Here's why.
There are many types of “fasting” diets. But are they any better than restricting your energy intake the old fashioned way?
Fasting diets aim to make it easier to stick to a weight loss program, but they are not for everyone.
Three stories about researchers who have dabbled in self-experimentation – with varying results.
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As obesity has become a health concern globally, weight loss information has proliferated – with questionable effects on its prevalence.
Big daddies are also more attractive … apparently.
Having a bit of a tummy might not be the end of the world for men after all.
Crunchy, and sustainable.
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Humans have eaten insects for centuries, but western diets seem to have lost the taste for them.
Bad for you, bad for the environment.
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In a warming world with a growing population and dwindling resources, we can no longer afford to eat food that's bad for both our health and the environment.