The area of the brain that produces dopamine, and the brain’s separate biological clock that regulates daily physiological rhythms, are linked, suggests a new study[1]. High-calorie foods disrupt normal feeding schedules, resulting in overconsumption, the work also found. “The diet in the U.S. and other nations has changed dramatically in the last 50 years or… Read more

Published studies have long found a correlation between obesity in children and decreased executive function[1]. Now, new research, based on data mined from a massive national research study, suggests that a change in brain structure — a thinner prefrontal cortex — may help explain that interrelationship[2]. “Our results show an important connection; that kids with… Read more

Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body mass index (BMI) over time and a greater future likelihood of being overweight. There is also evidence suggesting… Read more

Meal timing strategies such as intermittent fasting or eating earlier in the daytime appear to help people lose weight by lowering appetite rather than burning more calories, according to a recent study. It is the first to show how meal timing affects 24-hour energy metabolism when food intake and meal frequency are matched. “Coordinating meals… Read more

The acyl-CoA-binding protein, or ACBP, has a direct influence on the neurons that allow rodents and humans to maintain a healthy weight, researchers from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have shown for the first time in mice. In April 2015, Thierry Alquier, a CRCHUM researcher and the lead author of this study… Read more