Sugar Myths: 4 Misconceptions About Sugar

Everyone knows that added sugar isn’t healthy. Nobody says to add more soda to your diet, or that it might be a good idea to put Domino’s cubes in your smoothie. And the consensus science backs this up. If you look at the reviews or meta-analyses (studies of studies), they converge on a simple piece of advice: eat as little … Read More

How To Get Yourself To Eat Healthy (Or Do Anything That You’d Really Rather Not)

Seinfeld’s Problem: Now or Later? The comedian Jerry Seinfeld once told a joke that, oddly, captures the dieter’s central problem.  The premise is that Seinfeld has a headache and he’s shopping for medicine. But when he gets to the medicine aisle, he gets overwhelmed by the choices. One brand is “quick-acting,” the other one is “long-lasting.” Jerry doesn’t know what … Read More

Three Surprising Facts About People With High Willpower

[Reading Time: About 9 minutes, or less time than it takes the average woman to apply her makeup] 1. It’s Not The Size of Your Willpower, It’s How You Use it Self-control is, like, 50% funny and 50% sad. We sit in front of a plate of cookies and we just cannot stop ourselves. Cannot do it. The smell of … Read More

My Intermittent Fasting Experiment (Or, how to lose 3% body fat while gaining muscle with one, simple change).

Around September 2013, I stopped eating breakfast. It was a sad time. Since forever, I’d been one of those I’m-starving-as-soon-as-I-wake up-so-don’t-talk-to-me-until-I-have-my-eggs, kind of breakfast eaters. I also was a staunch believer in the axiom that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”. All that to say–throwing out breakfast was a change I did not take lightly. What could possibly … Read More

Fasting: Healthy or Harmful? A TrueNorth Experience

Fasting has become popular in recent years and many claims have been made about its benefits. However, there are two issues. First, “fasting” comes in many forms— intermittent fasting, water-only fasting, time-restricted eating. We need to be specific about what kind of fasting we mean. Second, many claims have been made about each form, but which of these claims are scientific and which are merely story? And even of the scientific— which are based on substantial evidence in humans, and which are hopeful speculation? In short, what do we actually know about fasting?

How To Prevent Mindless Eating

Want to eat less? Sometimes, it’s just about where, not what, you are eating. Here’s the science and the strategies.

Video: How Oprah’s Advice Can Improve Your Health.

TRANSCRIPT (~ 4 minutes) Oprah hardly needs an introduction. (But I’ll give her one anyway). We all know her as the billionaire media mogul. What most people don’t know is that the principles she used to get where she is can be used to improve our own diet and health.  This makes Oprah one spectacular, if unlikely, nutritionist. What? Oprah? … Read More