Talking Plate, Chew Counter & Vibrating Fork! Oh My! Fit Training Blog for Women 40, 50 and Beyond

December 10, 2014

 

Happy Holidays! Yes the search is on for unique and novel gifts for your friends and family or for yourself trying to lose weight after menopause.  Tracking is all the rage, with activity trackers one of the hot gifts for 2014.  However, I’m not sure I can get excited if any of these showed up in my stocking!

 

  • Ukrainian scientist Dr. Hryhory Chausovsky has invented a talking plate. which appears as normal-sized dish with embedded weight sensors tracks how much food you've piled on to it. The second it realizes you've doubled up on cheeseburgers, it'll scold you with phrases like, "stop right there" or "where's your willpower." You mean losing weight doesn’t include super sized portions?  This plate won’t let you slack.

 

  • Vibrating Fork? – don’t laugh, I didn’t name it! Is a $100 gadget that helps you slow down your eating.It’s got loads of lights, and what it calls “gentle vibrations” when it senses you are eating too fast.I didn’t see in the FAQ’s the question I know you are seeking and answer for- how do you keep your peas on a vibrating fork?  Messy.

 

  • The Bite Monitor – (you’ll have to wait until next year to get this one, so put it on Santa’s list for 2015) is like a Fit Bit for your food.  It works by measuring the number of times your wrist moves.  The designers' research from Clemson University showed that 100 bites roughly add up to 1,100 for women; the goal is 100 bites a day.  The target represents a low-calorie diet according to National Institutes of Health standards. 

 

 Let me know what you think of these new “must haves” for losing weight after menopause, puberty or anywhere in between.   Maybe you just have to be present, pay attention and sit in one place without distraction to eat less.  Your grandmother didn’t have to create a measurement tool to share that sage advice.  Enjoy!

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