The latest and greatest in needless weight-loss devices: A fork that tells you when you’re shoveling it in.
The HAPIfork (and its corresponding app) determines how many calories you should eat based on your weight. It then measures the rate at which you lift each forkful to your mouth, and if it senses that you’re eating too quickly (and therefore too much), it starts to vibrate and flash red lights.
This could be helpful since speedy eaters "tend to take in more food and pass the point of satiety more quickly than people who eat slowly," says Suzanne Farrell, R.D., of Cherry Creek Nutrition. "When you do that, you don't give your body a chance to recognize that it's had enough, which can lead to weight gain."
Being more mindful of how and what you eat can help you slow down at meals and lose weight in the long term, Farrell says. But although the fork is designed specifically to do help you do that, it doesn’t record calories or know a piece of steak from a broccoli spear—and good luck using it on finger foods such as chips or popcorn.
If you're trying to train yourself to eat more slowly, use chopsticks or put your fork down between meals, Farrell says. "You can also set a 15-minute timer for one meal a day and aim to make the meal last that long."
Or switch to eating with large utensils or using salad plates instead of dinner plates to serve food, two tricks with research to prove that they help encourage you to eat less.
How do you encourage yourself to eat more mindfully? Would you buy this fork? Let us know in the comments below!