Why do you always seem to have room for dessert?

Why do you always seem to have room for dessert?

Being able to make room for dessert even when we’ve eaten our fill at a meal has been dubbed the “dessert stomach” or “second stomach”. Of course, we humans only have one stomach, and being tempted by the dessert menu isn’t because we have another stomach. It’s a...
Professionals: The new Canadian Obesity Guidelines on behavioural interventions

Professionals: The new Canadian Obesity Guidelines on behavioural interventions

Obesity Canada have published new guidelines on clinical practice which include a chapter on psychological and behavioural interventions in obesity management. If you work with people who live with obesity it’s really worth reading. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in the...
Covid-19 and a renewed government focus on weight loss

Covid-19 and a renewed government focus on weight loss

Weight loss is back in the headlines as the UK government announces a new 12-point strategy to help people reduce weight. The impetus has come from reports that weight is a factor in how badly we suffer with covid-19 if we fall ill with it. Personally I really dislike...
Professionals: How to enhance working memory to help your client to eat less

Professionals: How to enhance working memory to help your client to eat less

Photo by creatv-eight for Unsplash I recently wrote a blog titled “What is working memory and why does it matter for weight loss?” where I explained that we only have limited brain capacity, and we need some of this capacity when we want to change how we eat. In...
What we can learn from how we ate as infants

What we can learn from how we ate as infants

Whilst developing Appetite Retraining, I was on a huge learning curve. Despite decades of training and experience in providing psychological therapy, I was having to go back to first principles in order to think about eating and appetite in a way that could help me...
Professionals: Research on episodic memory yields a useful tip to help your clients cut down on snacking

Professionals: Research on episodic memory yields a useful tip to help your clients cut down on snacking

Human memory We have three types of memory processes – sensory memory, working memory (which used to be called short-term memory) and long-term memory. Long-term memory refers to anything stored sufficiently well to be accessible more than a few seconds later – not...