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5 Weight Loss Gadgets That Need to be Invented

By Jordana Haspel
From the Million Dollar Body Club - Join Today and Workout to Win!

Slow ComputerI once worked in an office with very, very slow computers. While I sat at my desk all day, feeling my behind spread by the minute, I had a brilliant idea of a gadget that would solve both problems. And what better time to reveal my magic, high-tech solution than Father's Day? In fact, I've got five weight loss gadgets I wish they'd invent and make work (the hard part).

1. The bike PC. The doodad that started this all in my mind. What if, instead of sitting still at your desk, you could ride a stationary bike? In my world, not only would peddling this bike burn calories, but it would also help power your computer. Tired of that sluggish Internet connection? Just peddle faster and see your computer speed up. You'd watch your waist shrink while your productivity grew.

Walking DeskThis isn't just a pipe dream. At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., one researcher has already tested a "walk and work" desk - a desk positioned on a treadmill. According to the study, obese people using this desk for a few hours a day could lose as many as 66 pounds a year. The desk has adjustable arms that hold the computer, keyboard, and mouse, so you can easily position it over the treadmill. Now they just have to figure out a way to connect the desk to the computer's processor and I'm in business.

2. Instant calorie counter. Another idea in its infancy. There are already services that connect you directly to nutritionists. You photograph your food, then email the photo for a consultation on the meal's contents. But this is way too slow for the Internet age, plus it's very expensive. And using one of those nutrition calculators to key in the type of food you have only works if you also know the precise portion or weight of each food. What we really need is a gadget that will scan the actual food on your plate and tell you the calorie count and nutrition information right away. That way you won't have to wait for the nutritionist to get back to you, or pay a hefty fee for the service.

3. Shrinking specs. Having trouble controlling your cravings? These eyeglasses help reduce your appetite. Companies are already trying to market such a product, with colored lenses that supposedly send an image to your retina and suppress your appetite, but so far, there's no evidence that they actually work. Wouldn't it be great if they did?

Stimulating your Abs4. Crunching clothing. You've probably seen commercials for those belts that use electricity to stimulate your ab muscles - exercising them without you having to move. Again, the problem is they don't work. The government has actually taken some off of the market because of their weight loss claims. While they have some legitimate effectiveness in physical therapy, they don't help weight loss and can even be dangerous if used incorrectly.

If they could make a version that works, however, I think they should build it into clothing. That way you can work out and look fashionable at the same time. Thigh-shrinking Capris, waist-trimming skirts, and arm-toning tees would fly off the shelves. You've never looked so good in your Prada.

Shaun T5. T Transporter. The mother of all inventions - a transporter beam that brings Shaun T, creator of Hip Hop Abs, straight to your living room for a one-on-one workout. He's even better in person than on his videos (where he's really, really good). But no slacking - if you don't Tilt, Tuck & Tighten enough he'll make sure you pump it up!

One day, these gadgets will exist and make weight loss a snap. The sad truth, however, is that until technology catches up with our dreams, there's no substitute for a sensible diet and P90X. So go Push Play!

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