Can Comfort Food Really Boost Your Mood?

Can Comfort Food Really Boost Your Mood?

Whether it’s a warm piece of sourdough bread, grandma’s flavorful beef stew, or a fresh-out-of-the-oven pastry, some foods just give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. These so-called comfort foods fill our stomachs and our souls — even if they’re not always the healthiest choices. There’s no denying that comfort food makes us feel good. But is there a scientific reason for that satisfaction, or is it all in our heads? And are there healthier ways to satisfy those comfort food cravings? Here’s what you need to know. What Is Comfort Food? Comfort food is any food that provides a sense of well-being, nostalgia, or comfort. Culture, upbringing, dietary habits, and past experiences can all shape what a person reaches for as comfort food. One person may gravitate towards sweets like ice cream, while another may crave something savory like pizza. “The idea of ‘comfort food’ really varies from person to person,” says Brigitte Zeitlin,... Read More
Tabata vs HIIT: What’s the Difference & Which Is Better?

Tabata vs HIIT: What’s the Difference & Which Is Better?

In the fitness face-off of Tabata vs HIIT (high-intensity interval training), which takes the title for hardest workout? It’s a tough call. First of all, “Tabata vs HIIT” is a questionable contest, as a Tabata workout is technically a form of high-intensity interval training. To follow the Tabata workout protocol established and tested by its namesake scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata, you alternate between 20 seconds of maximum-effort work and 10 seconds of rest. Make it through eight rounds, and you’ve just completed a workout proven to boost VO2 max and improve anaerobic capacity — in just four minutes. But those four minutes of a Tabata workout can feel harder than the time you spend doing a typical 20- to 30-minute HIIT workout at home or in a group fitness class. Here’s why. Tabata vs HIIT: Level of Effort If you’re not pushing your limits during a Tabata workout, you’re not doing it correctly, says Saara Haapanen, M.S., a certified... Read More