How Your Diet and Lifestyle Affects Your Genes


You probably have a decent idea of what your genes are. Most of us understand that they make up DNA and that DNA strands are the helix-shaped chemicals that live in our cells and define our physical characteristics. We also know that our genes are passed on from our parents. Many of us blame our genetics for a wide range of things, whether it’s our inability to lose weight, or our inability to...

Does the Blood-Type Diet Work?


The most effective diets are those that are designed to take into account the people who are using them. Dieting is not a problem with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, but rather it’s a challenge that requires specific treatment in each case. The right diet will be based on your metabolism, on your likes and dislikes, on your fitness regime and on your daily schedule among other...

Raw Food Diet – Does it Work for Weight Loss and Is it Safe?


The raw food diet is a diet that requires little explanation as the clue is very much in the title. As you have probably already guessed, this diet – also called ‘rawism’ – involves the consumption of solely uncooked foods for a number of alleged health benefits. But does it work? And is it worth it? The Theory A few high profile figures have recommended the raw food diet and it could...

So Most Fad Diets Are Bad… What’s the Best Way to Diet?


When it comes to dieting, it may seem that there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. There are hundreds of different ‘fad’ diets ranging from the ‘fairly okay’ to the ‘completely ridiculous/possibly dangerous’. On this site we’ve discussed the dangers of many of these different fad diets and we’ve explained why others just simply won’t...

Why a ‘Cheat Day’ Is an Essential Part of Any Good Diet


If you want to successfully lose weight, then you should completely stuff your face with all the unhealthy food you want at least once every two weeks. That might sound a little counter-intuitive, but this is actually an integral part of many of the most successful diets and when you really break it down it actually makes a lot of sense on a biological and a psychological level. Here we will look...

The Fast Diet – Does Slow and Steady Win the Race?


After all the fuss with the Atkins diet, thermogenics and syrup diets, you think we’d have learned our lesson by now with regards to ‘fad diets’. We all know that fad diets don’t really work, and that the only real way to lose weight is through consistent dieting and exercise, so why would any new fad catch on and start gaining traction? Unfortunately, catching on and...

The Facts on Fad Diets


Fad diets range in their procedure and they range in the spurious science that they claim to be based on – the only thing that is universal among them is the fact that they don’t work and that they are a waste of your time and your high hopes. The problem with fad diets is apparent from their definition – they are ‘fad diets’ which suggest that they are flash-in-the-pan trends that won’t last and...

Controlling Chocolate Cravings


Chocolate is very high in sugar and for that reason it is important for anyone on a diet or just generally being health conscious to avoid it. Sugar is converted to glucose in the blood and used to provide us with energy, which is all good and well as long as you use enough of it – but can be stored as fat if you don’t. Eating lots of chocolate will result in large amounts of sugar in the...

10 Reasons to Stop Eating Out


Eating out is a great luxury, and a wonderful way to spend time relaxing with family and friends. If you want to enjoy being sociable, if you want celebrate a special occasion, or if you just fancy a change and are feeling lazy, then eating out is a perfect way to enjoy some good food, a different setting and less work for the evening. However, while eating out is a great way to enjoy an evening...

How to Improve Your Mood by Changing Your Diet


It is well known that exercise, sunshine and friendship improve mood, but the impact diet can have is frequently underestimated. Rather than taking anti-depressants, it would be both cheaper and healthier to change what you eat and drink. This is especially true for those who inhabit the rich, western nations. For example, the citizens of Western Europe and North America consume a great deal of...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.