Depression might not always be obvious, but it’s very common – and very poorly understood. This week, take a look at two interesting takes on the subject:
- Obesity is associated with depression, but does that necessarily make weight loss the answer? In people who were obese but otherwise healthy, losing weight actually increased the rate of depressed mood by 300%. Counterintuitive, but it might point to the high psychological cost of achieving and maintaining weight loss in the modern food environment. No word yet if this would apply the same way to people with health problems in addition to obesity.
- Speaking of depression, here’s an interesting question. Is depression actually a disease? Or is it really just the symptom? And if it is the symptom, could we be doing more harm than good by not addressing the original problem?
Certainly something to think about! On a slightly less heavy note, there’s also plenty of other news in the Paleo world lately:
- Is low-carb eating doing you more harm than good? Yes, it can happen, especially in women, athletes, and anyone with a thyroid problem.
- Stress is really the worst of both worlds when it comes to weight loss: it makes you crave more junk, but burn fewer calories. In a new study, women who were stressed out and provided with comfort food had a bigger insulin spike and burned about 100 fewer calories than less-stressed controls who ate the same meal.
- Can you really afford to commute? And it’s not just about gas prices: what about your health and sanity? How much is it worth to not start your day with a jaw-clenching 45 minutes of rush-hour traffic? If there’s a worse way to start the day, here’s to hoping that nobody ever comes up with it!
- 4 nutrition lessons that can benefit everyone: regardless of what you eat, learning how to eat is incredibly valuable.
- One more weapon to help you in the war on cravings: women on high-fat, low-carb diets craved sweet foods more than women on higher-carb diets. If you’re having constant sugar cravings, it’s worth a try to add some starch to your diet.
- Exercise is fantastic – but abusing exercise is not the way to handle other problems in your life! If your workouts are starting to consume you, maybe it’s time to take a step back.