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Food addiction in our culture

Food addiction, just like any addiction, grows from roots in so many different places, from the chemistry of our bodies to our social traditions, from private self-regard to national legislation. All of them can exert an influence on those moments when your addictive desire has appeared and demands to be satisfied.
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Winning at Losing

If you plan to eat less, would you do better to eat less carbohydrate or less fat? A Stanford University study evaluated health and weight-loss benefits of these styles of eating over one year. The study began with 311 women randomly divided into groups to follow one of four diets that varied in proportions of fat and carbohydrate.
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Telomeres Tell Us More

Do you know about telomeres? If you're wondering why you'd ever want to know, there's some fascinating information has emerged from a ton of research on these tiny molecules. Telomeres are structures that sit at both ends of our chromosomes.
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Q&A: Am I Addicted?

The Question: I’ve read your book twice and I like a lot of it but stuck on the subject of addiction. I want to ask you if this is going to work for me if I’m not addicted? I can go a bit crazy with cakes and pastries sometimes, but then I really do forget all about them for weeks. Surely if someone is addicted, like smokers, they are physically hooked so there’s a need to do it every day?
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It is a Pleasure

Just like many others, I own way too many clothes that I don't actually wear. It's not because I buy so many, it's that I'm very reluctant to throw them away. I keep a dress I bought in the 1980s, and guess I’ve worn it twice. It's way too big for me now, as I've steadily lost weight over the past years, and the style of it wouldn't suit resizing.
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Chocoholism

Are you a chocoholic? Is chocolate good for you? And is chocolate addictive? It’s possible you’ve answered a resounding yes to all three. To look first of all at its addictiveness, here's a study from the University of London's Division of Mental Health.
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Q&A: Can’t Lose

Do you know if there are people who will never lose weight no matter what they do and how much they starve themselves? I ask this because people do talk about this and I do think I’m one of them. I’m not yo-yo dieting because I just don’t lose the weight in the first place, and I’ve been struggling with this for more years than I care to say.
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Sadness, Sugar and Serotonin

Have you come across the idea that carbohydrates such as sugar and grains cheer you up because they cause serotonin to be released in your brain? Eating those sugars seems to lift our mood, and that leads so many of us to overeat those foods, especially when we feel low. As serotonin is thought to create our sense of happiness, it’s often suggested that if you keep your serotonin levels boosted you won't feel as tempted to eat so much.
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Good Night

A catchier title would be LOSE WEIGHT WHILE YOU SLEEP, but you know that’s not my style. The point is that the sleep you get on a regular basis has a very real impact on your health and your weight, so it could be worth paying some attention, to the quality as well as the quantity.
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Gut Bugs Rule!

Antibiotic use hits the headlines these days about as often as a badly behaved celebrity. Nobody is suggesting they should be discarded entirely, but the case against overuse is persisting. However, it tends to come down to the concern about creating ‘world-wide antibiotic resistance’. And I’m wondering if that really is the most helpful way of thinking about the problem.
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