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First Reviews: HAPIfork promises to help you eat slower and lose weight


Mashable and Engadget posted the first reviews I’ve seen of the HAPIfork, an Internet-connected device that’s designed to help you eat your food more slowly. Mashable describes it this way:

The fork, which looks and feels a little like an electric toothbrush, is designed to vibrate in your mouth if you take bites too frequently. It uploads its info to an app via Bluetooth or to your laptop via USB, giving you a nice graph of the number of bites you took over time during each meal.

The concept is that the slower you eat the more full you’ll feel, and that means you’ll consume less food and therefore lose weight. It’s an idea that’s backed up by some research. So does it work?

The Mashable reviewer found that he was already eating more slowly than the HAPIfork’s default setting of 10 seconds between bites, so it wasn’t as effective as it could be. His conclusion was that “while the device works as advertised, it may require some customization on the user’s part to change any habits.”

The Engadget reviewer found it to be more effective: “I, on the other hand, felt the feedback on first bite — and second, and third. It’s a mild vibration — something like the feeling you get when your phone vibrates through a coat pocket — but it’s enough to trigger a reaction. By the time I was four bites in, I was making a conscious effort to keep the buzz at bay and, as a result, chewing significantly more before swallowing.”

The HAPIfork team is hoping to raise $100,000 via a Kickstarter campaign that’s offering the forks at $89 apiece.

Posted April 18, 2013 @ 12:51 pm | Tags: ,

Two pieces of technology that helped a GeekDad lose weight

Over on’s site GeekDad, Ryan Carlson talks about how using MyFitnessPal and the BodyMedia LINK has helped him live a healthier life. “Between my on-body monitoring device and calorie counting App I’ve been able to be more aware of my intake and activity (an inactivity). This awareness has led to changes in my habits because of these gadgets. As a result of the experiment I’ve kept myself out the kitchen to graze between meals more often, had smaller helpings of dessert, and kept my caloric intake in check within daily recommended allowances.”

Posted @ 10:59 am | Tags: ,,

New study finds using Twitter can help you lose weight

Twitter Logo

Using Twitter as part of a weight loss program makes it more likely that you’ll successfully lose weight, according to a new study by the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. The study involved 96 people who were tracked for six months and who were using either an Internet-connected iPhone, iPod Touch, a Blackberry or an Android phone.

All of the participants were sent weekly podcasts that coached them about nutrition, exercise and goal setting. In addition, half of the group received an app that helped them monitor their diet and physical activity, as well as a Twitter app.

“The results show that those who regularly utilized Twitter as part of a mobile weight loss program lost more weight,” said [Brie] Turner-McGrievy of the Arnold School’s Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior.

The study also found that “those who engaged with Twitter were more successful with losing weight, such that every 10 posts to Twitter corresponded with approximately −0.5 percent weight loss.” The Twitter-enabled group used the social networking service to keep in touch with and support each other, and they also received daily tweets from a weight loss counselor.

This is more evidence that using a social network can help you lose weight since we already know that social networks can make weight loss contagious among friends.


Posted January 14, 2013 @ 2:53 pm | Tags: ,,

University professor reveals his ‘easy’ weight loss solution: standing

Dr John Buckley Standing Desk

Dr. John Buckley at the University of Chester has come up with a plan that he says will effortlessly let him lose weight this year, and he thinks anyone working in an office can do the same thing. “This is the perfect way for any office-bound worker to achieve the typical New Year’s resolution of wanting to lose half a stone [8 lbs] without changing anything else – how easy is that?” he said.

Buckley’s idea is one I’ve also been using and am a huge advocate of: spend part of your working day at a standing desk. I’m actually standing as I type this sentence, so I can vouch for how easy it is to work on your feet, and how much better it can make you feel.

I have a GeekDesk, but in Buckely’s case he’s using one of the university’s old oak lecterns as a standing work station:

Applying his knowledge of human physiology, Dr Buckley calculates that by working at this desk for three hours of his day will burn an extra 144 calories per day, compared to sitting at his desk and with no change to his job or leisure time activities.

In a year this will equate to more than 30,000 calories or eight pounds of human fat.

Buckley also walks up the stairs to his seventh floor office as often as possible. “It’s little changes in behaviour such as this, or standing at your desk, that can add up to make quite a big difference to your health.”

Posted @ 9:48 am | Tags:

10 easy ways to lose weight quickly (and permanently) in the New Year


Welcome to the New Year, which is traditionally a time when most of us look ahead to how we can improve our lives over the next 12 months. And if you’re overweight, probably the #1 thing on your 2013 To Do list is losing weight. Well, Weighthacker has you covered. Below are 10 of the best tips and hacks you can use to start losing weight quickly and, more importantly, permanently in the New Year.

Read on if you want to start losing weight today:


1) Don’t “Lose Weight”

“Losing Weight” is a great intention for the New Year but as an actual goal it’s terrible because it’s too vague. A better goal would be “lose 25 lbs by the end of March.” People who research goals say being specific does 4 valuable things for you: it focuses your efforts, it keeps you motivated, it makes you persistent and it inspires you to learn and grow.

2) Don’t Got On A Diet

In multiple studies the failure rate of dieting has been pegged somewhere between 80-95%, largely because of one issue: people can lose weight on almost any diet but they gain all the weight back once they go off the diet. So instead of going on a diet, focus on making permanent, sustainable changes to your diet. See tips 1, 3, 4, 5 and 10 for ways to do that.

3) Know How Much Food You’re Really Eating

According to registered dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner, “Nobody knows how many calories they should be eating, nobody knows how many they are eating, and nobody knows how many calories are in foods.” And it’s going to be hard for you to lose weight if you don’t know any of that. So sign up for a free online service like Loseit or MyFitnessPal that will help you easily understand and track what you eat. In fact, just writing down what you eat each day using something as low tech as a pen and paper will make you more accountable to yourself, which will automatically make you eat better.

4) Know How Much Food You Should Be Eating

There are dozens of free online calculators like this one that will help you figure out how much food you should be eating each day. Using them takes less than 5 minutes and will give you a whole new perspective on your food intake. Once you know how much food you should be eating, it will be easier for you to figure out how to eat the right amount to meet your weight loss goals.

5) Eat Whole, Not Processed, Foods

Whole foods like apples are more filling, have fewer calories and contain more nutrients than heavily processed foods like muffins and bagels. So an easy way to lose weight is to substitute whole foods for processed ones whenever you can. A good place to start is looking at the food label on the back of what you’re buying. In general heavily processed foods will have many more ingredients than whole foods, and they’ll also have ingredients with chemically-sounding names that you don’t recognize. Avoid those!

6) Walk

This one is easy and we were all born to do it: Walk. Many smart people believe walking is the single best exercise you can undertake, and a half hour a day of putting one foot in front of the other is all you need to do to start getting the benefits from it. It’s also free and you don’t need to go to the gym to do it! (I also suggest getting a walking desk if you can swing it. It changed my life.)

7) Track Your Steps

Splurge on a simple Web-enabled device like this Fitbit to track how many steps you walk each day. It will wirelessly upload your data online so you can chart your progress, set goals and (of course) share your info via social networks. Just like tracking your food helps you eat less, tracking your steps motivates you to walk more.

8) Plan To Fail

Losing weight is like playing a video game. You’re never going to do things perfectly the first time you try it, but the more you play the better you’ll get. So go into the New Year knowing that there will be setbacks and pitfalls on your weight loss journey. Instead of letting them derail you, use them as opportunities to figure out what went wrong so you can do better the next time.

9) Mod Your Environment

Using smaller plates, putting junk food in opaque vs. clear containers, and leaving your fruit bowl out in the open are some of the many ways you can mod the environment around you to help you lose weight. Check out this interactive guide from Diane Magazine for 11 tips on how to rearrange your kitchen for maximum weight loss help.

10) Planned Obsolescence

One of the biggest reasons people regain the weight they lose is because once they reach their goal weight, they slowly abandon the habits they used to lose the weight in the first place. 5 days at the gym becomes 3, then 1, then none. A splurge day turns into two days, then into a splurge week, etc. And because you previously lost weight, you fall into the mindset of “well, I can lose it again any time I want.” Before you know it, you’ll be back to where you started or, worse, heavier than you used to be. You can avoid all that by planning to segue smoothly from “weight loss” mode to “maintenance” mode, something most people never consider. When the behaviors you used to lose weight become obsolete, replace them with a new set of behaviors to maintain your progress, otherwise you’ll default back to the old ways that made you overweight to begin with.

To get more weight loss strategies and tips throughout 2013 and beyond, follow me on Twitter at @weigthhacker, over on Facebook, or on Google+. You can also sign up for the Weighthacker newsletter using the form on the right-hand column or pre-order my upcoming book.

Remember, you can lose the weight you want to!

Posted January 3, 2013 @ 9:00 am | Tags: ,

The Weighthacker Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Healthy Gadgets for Geeks

I love giving healthy gadgets as gifts because they’re like two presents in one: You’re giving someone a cool gadget to play with and it will help them lose weight and get fit. With that in mind, here’s Weighthacker’s first ever holiday gift guide, a round-up of gadgets that you can get for your geeky friends and family members that range from $8 to $1,176.93. Note: Because there are so many smart pedometers and personal tracking gadgets hitting the market, I’ve tried to highlight their main points of differentiation to help you figure out which could be the best fit for your giftee.

Meal Measure ($8)

Eating the right portion of food is one of the keys to losing weight, but it’s also one of the things our brain has a hard time doing. Humans consistently underestimate the size of the portions we eat, and as a result it’s easy to eat too much at a sitting. The Meal Measure takes the guess work out of meal sizes by automatically portioning your food to the right amount. It also shows you what a healthy balance of proteins, grains, fruits and veggies looks like. Not bad for $8.


Fitbit Zip ($59.95)

The Zip is FitBit’s entry level gadget in the “smart pedometer” category. It tracks how many steps you’ve taken during the day and then wirelessly uploads the data to your computer. The result is that you’ll create nifty charts and graphs that show you your progress over time, which in turn encourages you to move more. The Zip will also estimate how many calories you’ve burned and how much distance you’ve walked. It fits into the existing FitBit online ecology, which includes a Web site and smart phone app that will let you log your daily meals and weight, giving you a one-stop place for all your weight loss needs.  Or you can export your FitBit data to popular services like LoseIt and MyFitnessPal.

NOTE: The Zip uses a replaceable battery that lasts up to 6 months. So, unlike most other smart pedometers, you don’t need to recharge it periodically.

Misfit Shine ($79)

The Shine is an IndieGoGo project that’s trying to own the “simplicity and elegance” space in the world of activity trackers. Its claim to fame is being simultaneously gorgeous and completely minimal. With a replaceable battery there’s no cord needed to recharge it, and it doesn’t use bluetooth to sync to your phone so you don’t have to fuss around with pairing. You just place the Shine on your phone’s screen and it automatically connects and uploads your data. Although the Shine won’t ship until March of next year, if you order it now the company will send you a nifty gift card made from carved metal that you can put under the tree or in a stocking.

Striv Striiv ($99.95)

The Striiv is a smart pedometer with a twist. It tries to motivate you to walk more by giving you different kinds of rewards. You can use your step count to donate money on your behalf to various charities, or you can put your efforts to playing virtual games that are powered by your real-world progress. The Striiv also has a built-in radio that lets it talk to other Striiv units, so you can challenge your friends to walking competitions.

NOTE: The Striiv is the only gadget in our round-up with a color touch screen, so it can display charts and graphs of your progress right on the device.

Fitbit One ($99.95)

The One is another smart pedometer in the FitBIt lineup and it’s the next step up (ha ha…get it?) from the entry-level Zip. In addition to tracking your steps, distance traveled and estimated calories burned, the One can also tell how many stairs you’ve climbed and track your sleep. Unlike the Zip, the One is rechargeable and has a slightly sleeker form factor. LIke the Zip, the One also connects to FitBit’s vast online system so you’ll get virtual badges as rewards for progress, access to friends using FitBit gizmos and all the other great stuff the company does.

BodyMedia FIT ($99.99)

The FIT takes a different approach to monitoring your activity than the usual tracking gadgets. For starters, it comes with sensors that rest against your skin and measure your heat and galvanic skin response in addition to your movement. BodyMedia claims this will produce a more accurate measurement of how many calories you burn (I have no way to verify that one way or the other). It also requires a $6.95 a month subscription to connect to its online ecosystem, so keep that in mind when you’re comparing prices. And finally, it must be worn on the upper left arm to work because of those cool sensors. So it’s not quite as convenient as some of the other fitness gizmos, but in return it gives you more data.

Jawbone UP ($129.99)

The Jawbone UP was a fantastic fitness gadget when it first came out but suffered from a fatal flaw that caused it to stop working after a while. So Jawbone issued a refund to anyone who wanted it and took the product off the market. Now the UP is back and has been completely redesigned and given a new price of $129.99, up (ha ha) from $99.99. The UP is an iOS only device (Android support is supposedly coming soon) that plugs into your iPhone or iPod via the headphone jack to give you a readout of your day’s activities. However it only syncs to the free app that Jawbone supplies. Unlike other gadgets, there’s no central Web site that also stores and tracks your data. Like a few of the other smart trackers though, it does measure your sleep.

NOTE: The UP includes my favorite feature, a vibrating alarm that will nudge you if you’ve been motionless for too long. I love that because it prompts me to get up from my desk and walk around from time to time. It also works as a sleep-cycle alarm with the UP’s sleep tracking abilities.

Nike Fuel Band Nike FuelBand ($149)

The Nike FuelBand wins the award for sexiest tracking device with its stunning multi-colored LED display that seems to completely disappear when not in use. Along with steps it also tracks “Nike Fuel,” which is a proprietary measurement that combines all kinds of movement into a common denomination. Supposedly that means you earn more points for doing something like playing basketball vs walking, which should give you a more accurate take on your activity level.. The FuelBand is part of the Nike+ ecology, so if your giftee is already a + user, this is the device to get for them.

NOTE: The FuelBand now comes in two “ice” styles, which are translucent black or white bands that let you see the guts of the thing. Sort of interesting.

Basis Band ($199)

The Basis Band isn’t actually available yet but you can get your early-adopter geek on the pre-order list in time for the holidays. As you can see from the picture, the Basis looks like a watch so it doesn’t scream “fitness gadget!” when you look at it, which could be a selling point for some. It’s other point of differentiation is that it monitors your heart rate, galvanic skin response and body heat, as well as your steps and your sleep, giving you still more data to track and analyze. It’s basically a better looking Body Media FIT that doesn’t require a monthly subscription.

Fitbit Aria Wi-fi Smart Scale ($129.95)

The Aria is a scale that connects to the Internet via wi-fi to track your weight, body mass index and body fat percentage. It works with the rest of the FitBit online ecosystem so if your giftee already has a FitBit Zip or One (or any of the older models), this scale will complement their existing device. The Aria can automatically recognize 8 different users and, like other FitBit gadgets, it lets you set goals and gives you virtual badges as rewards when you reach them. It’s main feature is that it displays your weight loss or gain over time, so you can see how your body mass is trending.

Withings Scale Withings WiFi Body Scale (139.99)

The Withings scale is the pre-cursor to the FitBit Aria and has the same basic functionality. It tracks your weight, body fat percentage and BMI, and automatically uploads the results to the Web where you can see them change (preferably down!) over time. The big difference between the two scales is that while the Aria is designed to tap into FitBit’s own online system, the Withings scale will work with dozens of existing sites like LoseIt, MyFitnessPal and even the FitiBit system. For my money the Withings scale is also a little more attractive.

NOTE: FitBit’s gadget array will sync with other services too, but they seem more focused on importing data from those sites into the FitBit world vs the other way around.

Autom Autom ($199 Pre-Order)

Autom is a “social robot” health coach that sits on your kitchen counter and talks to you every day about your diet and fitness routines. She’s got a camera and six motors inside that bring her to life, and the idea is that, through real-world interactions, she’ll form a relationship with you and become a sort of encouraging mentor. Of course Autom hooks up wirelessly to the Internet, and she can also work with other fitness gadgets like the FitBit and Withings scale. Autom is only available for pre-order via IndieGoGo at the moment, but when you order one you’ll get 5 Autom post cards that you can wrap up as a gift IOU.

NOTE: Autom requires a monthly $6.99 subscription.

GeekDesk ($749 and up)

If you follow me on Twitter you know that I love GeekDesks so much I have two of them, one at home and one at work. GeekDesks move up and down via a motor so they let you switch between standing and sitting positions throughout the day. Not only does this keep you from sitting for 8 hours in a row, which we now know is harmful to your health, standing also burns more calories. I have a treadmill under my home desk so I can walk as well if I like.

NOTE:  GeekDesk’s customer support is awesome, at least when I had to contact them.

LifeSpan TR1200-DT Treadmill Desk (1,176.93)

If money is no object for your beloved geeky gift recipient, give them a LifeSpan Treadmill desk. It will let them burn off calories and get into shape while they surf Reddit (or even do legitimate work). And yes, you CAN type very easily on a treadmill desk, which is the #1 question I get about mine. Since laptops and tablets have turned into personal entertainment devices, most people can also watch movies, read books and play games on their LifeSpan, all while the miles pass virtually unnoticed under their feet.

An iPad or Android Tablet (Various Prices)

I promise you, this isn’t just a gratuitous way to get a tablet into the Weighthacker healthy gadget gift guide. As I wrote about earlier, there are 7 ways you can use your iPad to help you lose weight, and the same holds true for most other tablets out there. You can use them to track your calories, to download virtual gym trainers, to teach you yoga, to watch health lectures (exciting, I know!), to entertain you at the gym…there are probably dozens of ways all told that you can use a tablet to help you lose weight and stay fit. As healthy gadgets go, tablets are great idea.

If you know of other gadgets that will both make good presents and give a geek the gift of health, let me know in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for more!


Posted November 27, 2012 @ 10:10 am | Tags: ,,,,

Augmented reality ‘cookie goggles’ trick you into eating less

Tokyo University professor Michitaka Hirose created a sophisticated pair of augmented reality glasses that makes food portions appear larger than they actually are. Because people wearing the glasses think they’re eating more food, they actually eat less of it. The reverse is also true:

On one device, goggle-mounted cameras send images to a computer, which magnifies the apparent size of the cookie in the image it displays to the wearer while keeping his hand the same size, making the snack appear larger than it actually is.

In experiments, volunteers consumed nearly 10 percent less when the biscuits they were eating appeared 50 percent bigger.

They ate 15 percent more when cookies were manipulated to look two-thirds of their real size.

Practically speaking I’m not sure this will become a “thing,” but it does illustrate like the Delboeuf Illusion that we can help control our portions with simple food hacks and modifications to the environment. For instance, eating from smaller plates makes portions appear bigger. And adding garnishes that take up a lot of room but actually have few calories, like lettuce, can make our brains think we’re eating more food than we actually are.

(from The Telegraph)

Posted June 7, 2012 @ 10:43 am | Tags: ,,

How I hacked my computer desk to help me lose 67lbs (pics)

When I decided to really* lose weight, I started by looking at all the things I knew I should already be doing but wasn’t. One of those things was exercise. When I was motivated, I could get myself to the gym 5 days a week. But I couldn’t sustain it. Pretty soon I’d be down to 1 day a week. Or 1 day a month. Or never.

So rather than beating myself up about it (my previous approach), this time I asked myself why I didn’t go more often? I mean, I was always happy to have gone to the gym. And I felt great when I did go. Then there’s all that pesky research that shows how exercise helps you lose weight, feel better, live longer, etc. There’s really no downside to it.

Except I hate it.

Okay, so why? For me, there were three main factors: 1) It’s inconvenient to go to a gym 2) I didn’t have time for it** 3) It’s B-O-R-I-N-G.

Being a reasonably smart geek, I decided that if I put my mind to it, I should be able to solve these problems. I figured out the solution 1) Needed to bring the gym to Craig instead of bringing Craig to the gym 2) Had to combine whatever this home gym activity would be with something else I was already doing 3) Had to be entertaining.

Since I spend approximately 1,000 hours a day on a computer, that seemed the most likely idea. I did briefly consider focusing my efforts on the TV, but since I work in the TV business I tend not to watch too much at home. And I can watch TV on the computer via Netflix, Hulu and those kinds of things, so the computer would be a two-for-one deal.

Once I decided that my home gym activity had to be built around using the computer, I looked at either using a stationary bike or a treadmill. Both had their pluses and minuses, but I thought walking would be easier. Plus I make sure to walk 10,000 steps a day, so a treadmill would fit in with an activity I was already working on.

If you do some Googling, you’ll find ways to make a treadmill desk for $39 and treadmill desks that cost more than $4,000. I worried that if i tried to do it myself, the project would get bogged down forever in some halfway-completed state, so that wasn’t an option. But I’m too much of a cheapinsky to spend $4,000 on a desk if I don’t have to.

I settled for something in the middle of the price range and only partly DIY. I bought a tread from TreadDesk, which was a steep $840 with another $150 for shipping. I bought a small GeekDesk frame for $525, which let’s me move the desk from a standing to a sitting position. And I found a local woodworker, Benton Custom, to make a custom wood top for me. That was just over $1,000, which frankly was a lot more than I intended to spend.

I justified reasoned that if I spent invested that much money on a desk, I’d be more inclined to use it. And by making it really, really nice, I’d be doubly more inclined. You can see the end result in the pictures, and I absolutely love it.

I use the desk constantly, and far more than I thought I would. I started out with a goal of exercising on it 3 days a week, but I usually end up doing 5-7 days. I figured I’d walk for 30-60 minutes at a pace of 1-2mph, and instead I’m on it 45-90 minutes at 3-3.5mph. My goal of 10,000 steps a day often ends up turning into 15,000-20,000.  And I’m never B-O-R-E-D!

The best part about using my treadmill desk is that it never feels like a chore, and it never feels like exercise. Most days I’ll get on and a half hour whizzes by before I’m done checking and e-mail and twitter. (You can follow me at @weighthacker and @craigengler by the way.) If I end up on a Reddit or BuzzFeed spree, it will all but guarantee a 60-minute or longer session.

Yes, it was hellishly expensive, but there are ways to do it pretty cheaply. And let’s be honest, I’ve probably spent more than that on unused gym memberships, and at least this actually works.

 * By “really” I mean, I focused my time and resources on losing weight, I didn’t just go for a quick fix or a fad diet. I realized to lose weight I had to permanently change my life, not just hope I could magically drop all my extra pounds with some temporary change and then go back to the same way I’d be doing things.

**How did I ever “not have the time” to be healthy?!? What convenience is worth being overweight, being more likely to have chronic health problems and having a shortened life span?

    Also check out11 gadgets that can help any geek lose weight

Posted June 5, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Tags: ,,,,

7 ways you can use your iPad to help you lose weight

In Weighthacker’s roundup of 11 Gadgets That Can Help Any Geek Lose Weight I deliberately left off the iPad, not because it’s a bad weight loss gadget, but because it’s an awesome one.  You can do so much with an iPad in terms of health and nutrition that it deserves its own entry.

Here are 7 ways I’ve been using my iPad to help me lose weight and get fit. I think you’ll find at least a few things here that can help you too. It you’ve found other ways your iPad can help lose weight, please let me know in the comments.

Note to Android and other tablet owners: A lot of these things can be done on your devices too. If you’re using a different tablet to help you lose weight, please leave examples of how in the comments  to help out other geeks.


1. Track What You Eat

Keeping tabs on what you’re eating throughout the day helps you eat better and eat less, but it can also be a pain. So check out food tracking apps like MyFitnessPal, which is the reigning king of the genre. Most of them have pre-populated databases of different foods and their nutritional breakdown, so you don’t have to mess around with entering any of that data yourself. And a lot of the apps are based on existing Web-based tracking services, allowing you to effortlessly sync data between the two. Some even come with a barcode scanner for food labels.


Posted May 17, 2012 @ 11:15 am | Tags: ,,,,,

Updated: Here’s a picture of my skeleton. I’m having a DEXA body composition scan today

UPDATE: So the results are in, and they’re GREAT. My overall body fat percentage is 10.7%, which is as good or better than some athletes. Better still, the fat is evenly distributed throughout my body. The exercise physiologist who assessed my scan said my body composition was perfect. I’m ecstatic! Weight Hacking works!

Yesterday I had my body fat composition measured with calipers, and the result was a satisfying 17%, which is exactly where it should be.  But with a margin of error of +/- 3%, calipers aren’t terribly precise.  So I could be at 14% (would be nice, but I’m doubtful) or 20%.  Either number still puts me in the range I should be at, but I’d like to know more precisely.


Posted May 11, 2012 @ 11:09 am | Tags: ,,

Survey: How 74% of people say technology helps them lose weight, exercise more


A survey of social media users who are focused on health and weight loss found that 74% of respondents use technology to help them lose weight, according to market research firm Lab42. Typical uses including tracking calories via Web sites and apps, listening to music at the gym, and posting their progress on social networks.

According to our latest survey, smartphones and technology are increasingly becoming an essential part of the workout process. People are using it in all sorts of ways, from downloading an email while running to sharing weight loss progress with friends. About half of the respondents (51%) reported using their smartphone in some way while working out. We were especially intrigued to discover that 74% of those surveyed said technology improved their weight loss efforts.

Lab42 created a nifty infographic to present their survey results, which has a bunch of insights that weighthackers mightl find useful. Check it out:


Posted May 7, 2012 @ 12:40 pm | Tags: ,,

Awesome Tron-style scale visualizes your weight loss goal with rings of light

This is pretty brilliant. Whenever you step on the TargetScale, it graphically displays how close you are to your target weight using snazzy light rings, making your regular weigh-in a bit like playing a video game. It also syncs to your iPhone or iPad via bluetooth and gives you a cool, futuristic display of your lbs as well as your body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), bone mass, water mass and muscle mass.

I’m a fan because it makes tracking some of your key health indicators fun, which means you’re more likely to do it. And because the scale is freaking cool. It costs 149 Euros.

Just remember Sark’s warning from Tron: “Everything you do or learn will be imprinted on this disc. If you lose your disc, or fail to follow commands, you will be subject to immediate deresolution.”  End Of Line.


Posted May 4, 2012 @ 11:00 am | Tags: ,,

11 gadgets that can help any geek lose weight

It’s a great time to be a geek who wants to lose weight and who loves gadgets.  A slew of companies are cranking out gear that can help you eat better, move more and in general become a fitter, sleeker nerd. I honestly don’t think I would have lost so much weight (65lbs!) without the help of technology, and better still it’s made the whole process more fun for me.

          Also See: 7 Ways Your iPad Can Help You Lose Weight

Here are 11 of the best gadgets I’ve found that have helped me lose weight, and that I think can help you too. The only thing here I haven’t personally tried is Autom, but I’m including it because it’s too cool not to. So check out the list, and if there’s something you think should be added, let me know in the comments:


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