Weight Loss Gadgets
5 Weight Loss Gadgets That Need to be
By Jordana Haspel
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I 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
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
This 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?
4. 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.
5. T Transporter. The mother of all inventions -
a transporter beam that brings Shaun T, creator of
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