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Researchers Develop Bite Counter

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Bite Counter

For many people, the secret to losing weight can be as simple as controlling their portions. Unfortunately, not too many people know how to control their portions, but hopefully this will help.

Much like a pedometer that measures how many steps a person takes, a team at Clemson University has developed The Bite Counter.

The device, which is worn on a users wrist, counts how many bites they take with up to 90% accuracy!

The American Dietetic Association seems to be on board for the invention that will help people monitor portions, as a spokeswoman said:

"This would be a good tool for someone who generally knows what is healthy and unhealthy but maybe has more of an issue with portion control."

The Bite Counter's co-inventor, Eric Muth, has determined that every bite has an average of 25 calories and believes people will quickly realize they may be taking a few too many bites, saying:

"The first thing is to make it obvious that they're eating more than they think. If they know that, the behavior change will come a little easier."

The device is expected to hit the market in a year and cost about $100. Hopefully by then, they'll develop a sleeker design than that big black brick tied to the girl's wrist in the picture above.

[Image via Clemson University.]

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Have a measurement device (heart rate monitor or pedometer) to reveal work levels throughout a fitness regimen.

Whether it is a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, or using the strides per minute indicator on an elliptical, having a fitness device that gives immediate and concrete results of a person’s performance will allow the individual to gauge the intensity of their workout. According to a study by Jago, et al (2006), fitness devices even allowed individuals to workout at higher levels while in competition, thus improving their overall game play performance. At the end of the day, once a person has their exercise goals established, the device can provide insight into a person’s work rate that will enable them reach a higher level of fitness

- Physical Wellness Educator from the Style Network's Too Fatfor Fifteen: Fighting Back, John Taylor

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