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The Amazing Bite Counter Gadget
One of the key reasons we put on the pounds is because we’re eating too many sugary snacks between meal times.
When you think about, how many times have you polished off a box of chocolates while watching your favorite show on TV?
Fortunately, a group of scientists have invented a unique device that monitors how many mouthfuls you eat. The theory behind the ‘Bite Counter’ gadget is that it makes you more aware of how much your eating.
According to the Daily Mail;
“The Bite Counter is worn like a watch and tracks a pattern of wrist-roll motion to identify when the wearer has taken a bite of food. It was developed by researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina, who described it as a pedometer for eating.”
The idea was developed, after studies found that for most people normal dieting and weight loss programs fail to produce lasting results.
Another interesting discovery is that most people who are dieting underestimate, by as much as 50%, the calories they’re eating.
The bite counter is worn on your wrist and looks just like a digital watch. The counter records the ‘wrist role’ movements as you eat your food. Each recorded wrist role signifies a mouthful of food being eaten.
The Daily Mail also reports;
“The advantage of the Bite Counter is that it is automated so that user bias is removed. The device can be used anywhere, such as at restaurants or while working, where people find it difficult to manually track and remember calories.”
The bite counter is also easy to use. All you need to do is a press a button to switch it on before you begin to eat and press it again when you’ve finished your last mouthful.
But is this devise really accurate?
According to Professor Adam Hoover, the co author of the study,
“The device only requires that the user press a button to turn it on before eating and press the button again after the meal or snack is done. In between, the device automatically counts how many bites have been eaten.”
The Professor Hoover also added,
“The device has been shown to be more than 90 per cent accurate in counting bites, regardless of the user, food, utensil or container.”
The bite counter seems a good way of helping you become more aware of how much your eating, but where it falls short is its ability to accurately monitor the amount of calories you’re eating.
The developers say:
‘Our preliminary data suggest that bite count can be used as a proxy for caloric count.’
That’s hardly an accurate way to measure the amount of calories you’ve eaten in one bite.
For example, a mouthful of Ben & Jerry’s rocky road is going to have a higher calorie count than a mouthful of low fat yogurt. However, the bite counter measures each bite as one calorie.
Our verdict – a nice idea, but just a gimmick.
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