Eating on a small plate may not trick your dumb brain into thinking there’s more food

This is one of those news stories apparently designed to make me feel like a grade-A sucker: Science Daily reports today that a new study by Ben-Gurion University Of The Negev debunks the popular diet trick “based on the Delbouef illusion” that encourages people to eat their food off smaller plates because it will…

“Carnivore dieting” is Paleo for the truly insufferable

I don’t spend a lot of time in CrossFit gyms, so I missed the memo that eating massive slabs of meat is the new cool diet trend among people I avoid like the plague. I’d heard of Paleo, of course, and ketogenic diets, which involve focusing on protein and fat, respectively. But the “carnivore diet”—whose adherents…

Fertility troubles may be worsened by eating too much fast food, not enough fruit

Anyone who’s struggling with infertility can tell you it’s one of the most difficult things you might ever experience, and as the average age of parents rises, sometimes the infertility troubles do also. Women undergoing infertility treatment have been shown to have the same amount of depression as those going through…

Last Call: Today’s dieting conundrums could be traced to the 1920s’ flapper

I’m a lifelong F. Scott Fitzgerald fan (well, at least since college), easily as fascinated with the Great Gatsby era as the guy in Midnight In Paris is. But I never really thought about how much the fashion of the 1920s changed cultural ideals for the female body—and not for the better. This fascinating read on Gastro Obscura points out

A thorough list of foods Paul Ryan will and won't enjoy in his retirement

This is a dark time, so when one finds a reason to celebrate, one should seize the fuckin’ day. That’s what led me to spend some time this morning falling into an internet research wormhole, because if Paul Ryan has decided to GTFO, then gosh darn it, I’m going to toast that asshole’s exit. A quick Google session…

The secret to a successful diet may be eating only when you're hungry—which is why it's so hard

Public Health England—the U.K.’s health agency—recently came out and stated that it wants to put the whole country on a calorie-restrictive diet, faced with a rapidly expanding generation, in which the country’s millennials are on track to become fatter than its baby boomers. Meanwhile, over at The Washington Post, a…