Slimming Down 21st Century-Style

Jan 03, 12 Slimming Down 21st Century-Style

Back in mami’s and abuelita’s day, if you wanted to lose weight you went on a good old-fashioned diet. You shut your mouth to foods high in fat and sugar, and maybe turned to some home remedy like leche de alpiste or vinagre de manzana for extra help. These days we have all kinds of fad diets and smartphone apps to help us shed the excess pounds; it’s like something out of The Jetsons. And it just keeps getting more and more hi-tech – behold, the future of weight loss:

  • Soon you won’t even have to get up off your butt to get a workout. An ergonomic exercise chair has been developed that helps improve circulation, promote alignment of the spine, and relieve pressure on the hips, lower back, neck, and shoulders. It also has resistance bands you can use to exercise various parts of your body, so you can make the most of sitting at your desk all day.
  • If ice-cream is the downfall of all your attempts to diet, you’ll be happy to know that guilt-free frozen treats are now a reality. Made mostly from whey protein and purified water, a pint of Arctic Zero ice-cream is only 150 calories. Pass a spoon, please!
  • Before embarking on the next dieta de moda, don’t we all wish we knew whether the darn thing is going to work or not? Well, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have created a weight simulation tool that, based on your personal data, predicts how your weight will change and how long it will take to reach a particular goal. Awesome! No more wasting time on diets that don’t work.

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