Self-control does not mean sacrificing pleasure

happiness is pleasure without guilt

Carrot cake or carrot sticks? … sometimes it’s a difficult choice. … sometimes it’s an easy one. If we are trying to reduce our size and change our shape, choosing the cake may feel like a failure of self-control. But not always. Researchers at City University London have discovered that feeling of having “given in … Read more

Japanese doctors found seeds from a Southeast Asian tree may improve obesity and diabetes

Melinjo tree seeds

Medical researchers have known for a long time that the hormone adiponectin improves obesity and diabetes and that the compound resveratrol increases the production of this beneficial hormone. Researchers from Kumamoto University, Japan who study plants from around the world for useful medicinal properties have found that Melinjo seed extract (MSE) stimulates the production of … Read more

Yo-yo dieters’ brains and drug addicts’ brains have similar behaviours

Desperate for another hit?

Yo-yo dieters’ brains eventually show “drug-addict” like reactions. Compulsive eater eventually become immune to the reward of pleasurable food, and need a bigger and bigger “hit”, just like drug addicts. Compulsive eaters and drug addicts have similar brain reactions.

It’s not just WHAT you eat but also WHEN you eat

Full breakfast

A recent study by Vanderbilt University, USA shows that it’s not just how many calories you eat, but WHEN you eat them that will determine how well you burn those calories. We have all heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. It turns out, this is more important than we imagined, … Read more