Fighting obesity with square bowls full of empty promises

Are you looking for a new nudge before Christmas? Neurocopiae reviews an underrated life hack of 2017

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It’s that time of the year again. It’s not only a good time to indulge one’s favorite treats; it is also the perfect time to look back at 2017’s best life hacks. Such little “nudges” could perhaps help to avoid the weight gain that often comes along with the feast (Helander et al., 2016). The nudging idea is so powerful that it earned Richard H. Thaler a Nobel prize this year, so this post will be quintessential 2017 science.

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Losing weight with loose ideas? Try the dopamine diet now

There is a new diet in town and neurocopiae is trying to maintain healthy dopamine release on carbs.

Tom Kerridge has a captivating story to tell. The popular chef and presenter on BBC’s Proper Pub Food and Best Ever Dishes lost 70 kilograms (down from 190 kg) and many viewers witnessed that he slimmed down not knowing what his secret recipe to success was. Motivated by the growing interest, Tom Kerridge wrote a book that recently entered the top ten book sales list at amazon.co.uk. It could have been another simplistic take on a low-carb diet, but the publisher decided to go a different route. They dubbed it “Tom Kerridge’s dopamine diet”. Continue reading “Losing weight with loose ideas? Try the dopamine diet now”

‘Tis the season, but not for weight loss

2016 draws to a close and New Year’s resolutions are just around the corner. Neurocopiae talks about intentions to lose weight and showcases google Trends. The trend is your friend.

As the year 2016 draws to a close, it is the perfect opportunity to look back at what we have accomplished and what lies ahead of us. New Year’s resolutions are a popular way to set ambitious goals. Yet, a new year does not magically bestow us with the willpower and persistence to succeed. This is why such resolutions have garnered a bad reputation in the press lately as if we were set to fail. However, the fate of our resolutions is barely more remarkable than the fate of the many good intentions that we fail to put into practice every day. Regardless of the season, intention is simply a bad predictor of long-term action. No need to heap blame on the New Year. Continue reading “‘Tis the season, but not for weight loss”