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The Best iPhone Diet Apps

Since the dawn of man, not a single person has ever enjoyed dieting. Controlling any urge, after all, is never fun, and it certainly isn't easy. Nowadays, it seems like every other week presents a completely different diet trend or a new healthy cookbook atop the best-sellers counter at the bookstore. Getting started with a new diet, however, doesn't have to involve books, consultations, or...

Dieters That Use Online Weight Loss Programs Keep Pounds Off, Study Says

As we can tell you, spending all day plopped in front of your computer can have pretty devastating effects on your physicality. According to a new study, though, logging onto the Web, under certain circumstances, can actually help people drop a few extra pounds. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente recently found that, when overweight patients used an online weight-loss support group, they...

Autom the Weight-loss Robot Will Coach You to a Healthier Life

If other dieting solutions just haven't worked, why not try a personalized, robotic weight-loss coach? It may sound odd, but according to The Wall Street Journal, Intuitive Automata, Inc. hopes that its talking robot, Autom, can help people lose weight and lead healthier lives. Autom -- which will launch in the U.S. next year as a trial, and later for $500 plus a monthly subscription fee -- will...

Diet Pill Swells in Your Belly, Making You Feel Instantly Full

With KFC's Double Down "sandwich" now threatening to slap quadruple chins across much of America, people may soon begin chomping at the bit for equally extreme diet solutions to counteract the havoc wreaked by the Colonel. Gelesis, a Boston-based drug company, has apparently read the grease-stained handwriting on the wall, and has just concocted a new pill aimed at helping plus-sized Americans...

Rickets Resurgence in the U.K. Blamed on Video Games and the Internet

Rickets, a disease that practically disappeared from the developed world in the 19th century, is rising again, reports British scientists. The condition, a softening of bones that leads to painful deformities and fractures, is most commonly caused by severe vitamin D deficiency, which is essential for absorbing calcium. The primary natural source of vitamin D is sunlight (i.e., going outside), so...

Talking Dinner Plate Tells People to Slow Down While Eating

If you're like us, those New Year's resolutions have already gone out the window. But if losing a few pounds was on your list, there might still be hope. A group of Swedish scientists have developed a device that monitors your eating pace, and chides you if it gets too quick. According to My Digital Life, the "Mandometer" is an electronic scale that you place underneath your plate. The scale...

Gift Guide: Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale

Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale (Sports Fan, Under $250) Self-improvement, body-opmtimization technology is coming at us fast and furious, and the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale is one of the best implementations yet. It's a simple concept: Set up your online profile, and every time you weigh yourself on the scale, your weight and body mass is sent via your Wi-Fi connection to your online account. This...

Site Lets Parents Monitor Kids' School Lunches

Watch out, kids. It's about to become tougher to sneak that extra ice-cream bar during lunch. The diet of students at St John's Church of England School, in Stanmore, northwest London, is being remotely monitored by their parents. According to the Daily Mail, parents can access a Web site that tells them exactly what their children ate for lunch. When purchasing lunch, the 300 students simply...

'Tweet What You Eat' Diary Holds Dieters Accountable

Shame is a powerful motive. Combined with technology, it's pushing Twitter users to lose weight. A Twitter-based online food diary called Tweet What You Eat is helping users watch what they eat and count the number of calories they consume on a given day. Aside from counting calories, it also gives users extra incentive not to cheat, since the results are posted for everyone to see. There's a...

Wireless eScale Uploads Your Weight to the Internet

Apparently, the United States offers you two options: Be morbidly obese, or be so healthy and weight conscious that everyone around you wants to choke you with a Big Mac. It's the only way to explain the shockingly high rate of overweight individuals in the U.S. (although that is usually measured by the rather meaningless Body Mass Index, or BMI) and the seemingly uncontrollable explosion of gyms...

Weight Watchers, the Video Game

In what can only be a good thing for gamers, technology writer Clive Thompson has made an interesting connection: namely, that the Weight Watchers online tool has essentially turned into the equivalent of a Dungeons 'n' Dragons-style role-playing game (RPG). Users roll a virtual character, manage their inventory and resources, and try to achieve a goal. Says Thompson: "Weight Watchers' points...

Robot Taskmaster Berates People Who Lie About Their Diets

If you don't like how you look naked, worry not: Technology is on your side...backside, that is! Scientists at MIT have created a robotic weight loss coach to tell you just how bad you look, as well as call you a fat, balding, and lying slob in the process. A touchscreen on the outside of the robot allows you to input data about how many calories you've eaten and how long you exercised for....