Tagged With weight loss

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Hello, the year is 2017 and a Queensland University researcher is conducting the first Australian study into the positive influence robots can have on your eating habits.

Weight loss robots are going to be a thing, people - and you can help make it happen.

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Aspartame — the artificial sweetener found in drinks like Diet Coke — is probably not good for you. If you believe otherwise, I admire your commitment to self-delusion. A new study published by a team of investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism found a possible reason aspartame doesn't help you lose weight — oh sorry, haven't you heard? Like most things in society, diet soft drink is probably a giant scam.

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Though it bears some resemblance to a Tim and Eric sketch, the AspireAssist is a very real medical device, approved by the US FDA for installation in people 22 or older "with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy". It allows patients to drain predigested food from their stomachs into a nearby toilet.

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Each new week brings with it an abundance of new gadgets — whether devised by tech giants like Google and Samsung or pushed by hopeful entrepreneurs to Kickstarter, they run the gamut from useful to niche to tech that nobody really needs. This week we're looking at gadgets that have been inspired by the natural world, from insectoid drones to wearables that incorporate your body.

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"Watch the pounds melt away!" "Lose 20 pounds in 20 days!" "Fit into those high-school jeans!" The weight loss industry shills all sorts of questionable quick fixes: Herbal pills promising to block carbs, body wraps, ab stimulators, "Shape-Up" Sketchers, patches, teas, "exciting medical breakthroughs", overpriced buttery coffees, and As-Seen-On-TV stickers. Taking a shortcut to get skinny is a direct route to getting scammed.

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If you're anything like over 60 per cent of Australians, you have a few kilos of fat you could stand to lose. If you saw what a pound of body fat actually looks like, you might be double-motivated. Yet there are a lot of misconceptions about fat — some of which could inform mistakes in our weight-loss endeavours. Let's see if we can't cut through some of the misinformation with a little bit of knowledge.

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The Hobart I-Cool seat concept has your best interests at heart. It wants you to lose weight but knows that you shouldn't have to leave your chair to do so. Using a "proprietary" system for "temperature regulation," users are said to shed pounds while just sitting there in a fashionable "micro environment." But to us, the seat eerily resembles a George Foreman Grill.

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Lonely Japanese fatties now have a new way to make themselves lose weight: a virtual nagging wife. Metaboinfo.com allows you to set up a weight loss plan, then assign one of four "wives" (aid, businesswoman, nurse or salon worker) to email you on a daily basis. Depending on whether you're ahead or behind the curve, you'll get nice or super annoying email customised for your current status. This reminds us a lot of the Japanese DVD that teaches you confidence by having women stare at you for an hour and a half. Oh, Japan!