Diet Trend: The 100 Bites Diet

What better way to round up the holiday season than to start a new diet trend to get rid of all that overrated turkey! We have the details on a diet that the market has buzzing about, and might have you buzzing soon too. It's called the 100 Bites Diet.

The name pretty much explains the main point of the diet, which is to chew more and eat less. Here are the reasons why researchers believe this diet will be successful. 

Counting Bites

Chewing more slowly has been discussed as a way to control weight gain for a while now, but with new research emerging, scientists have found a direct correlation between how fast we chew, and how much we eat. Scientists believe that if we limit our intake to 100 bites a day, this can severely decrease the amount of weight gain one might forgo. With this new research, scientists are rushing to create tools that will help make counting your bites a lot easier. 


So of course, with new research comes a lot of scientific stats. How did they get the magic 100 number? A group of scientist tracked a medium size group and discovered that the average calorie intake for men per bite is 17, while the average calorie intake per bite for women is 11. Time this number by 100 and you get 1,700 calories a day for men, and 1,100 calories a day for women, which is the average low-calorie diet recommendation. 


Researchers and scientista have already designed HAPIfork. HAPIfork is a fork that is used to time your bites. If your bites are less than 10 seconds apart, the fork will alert you by vibrating. This is used to keep your biting on track by slowing down your food intake. The more you chew, the less food you will take in. HAPIfork might be paired up with talking plate, a plate that actually weighs your food to determine how long it should take you to eat it. Yes, the plate actually talks, asking you if you might be full or how you are feeling at the moment.  

Bite Monitor

The bite monitor is another tool that scientist are creating to help push this diet into the retail environment. This monitor is conveniently a watch that you simply wear on your wrist. This technology is like a pedometer for your mouth. It tracks your bites by monitoring the movement of your wrist and recording the amount of time you "bite." This allows you to monitor your bites throughout the day to make sure you are on track. 


This diet sounds promising, but we do spot a few flaws in it.  What happens when we are eating a plate of fries? The calories won't add up to the predicaments previously stated. Also, what about beverages or food items like soup? We can't chew this item, so it will make it hard for us to truly track our bites or calories. Finally, the wrist watch seems like a great idea, but when you are drinking beverages or sipping soup, the results might be inaccurate.

Overall, we think that scientists are on to something, but the diet still needs a few tweaks. 

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