Nutrition & Eating Behavior: A New Model for the Study of Eating

The standard nutritional approach to eating focuses on energy content, nutrient content of food and physiological response to eating.  The standard social / behavioral approach to eating has a focus on eating behaviors, patterns of eating, learning and factors influencing consumption (Quandt. In Shils et al.,1999).   The nutritional approach doesn’t pay enough attention to eating […]

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Why Are You Eating That?

Abstract Eating behavior is determined by numerous factors: ideational values, social gatherings, pleasure systems, habit, convenience and so on. Understanding why we eat what we eat can have a positive impact on controlling eating behavior. Eating behavior is an important factor involved with bodyweight and health issues. In this review a variety of factors that […]

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Expectancy Effect & Neutral Food

Abstract The purpose of the present experiment was to examine how expectations influence cracker ratings on a scale of likeability. A large body of research shows that expectations affect food experiences (Wansink, 2004; Eertmans, Baeyens & Van den Bergh, 2001; Kahkonen & Tuorila, 1998). Participants were not aware that the primary interest of the study […]

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Low Carb Advantage?

Low carb diet enthusiasts claim their diet is supreme to other methods. They claim their diet offers a metabolic advantage-“metabolic advantages that will allow overweight individuals to eat as many or more calories as they were eating before starting the diet yet still lose pounds and inches” (Atkins, 1992).  In addition, advocates claim overproduction of […]

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Exercise Mythology

Exercise Mythology- any fictitious story, phenomenon or custom associated with exercise Curls will allow me to isolate the biceps The idea that you can isolate a muscle with a particular movement is incorrect. When a limb is moved parts of the body have to be stabilized to allow that movement to occur.  Some muscles begin […]

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Ab Mania

Ab mania (excerpt from Knowledge and Nonsense: the science of nutrition and exercise) Virtually everyone is obsessed with seeing the six pack (which is a matter of having a low body fat percentage, muscular development and low amounts of extracellular fluid). Training the midsection using thousands of reps does little to enhance midsection maximal strength. […]

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