March 31, 2014

Berates Your "flabby Carcass”

1 New App Badgers You into Weight Loss

The latest bit of weight-loss-aiding technology -- or gimmickry, if you like -- is Carrot Fit, a smartphone app that either insults or congratulates the user depending on whether he or she has gained or lost weight. Type your current weight into the $1.99 app, available from iTunes, and if it is greater than your last check-in you might be told with emotionless bluntness, "You're not going to get the butt you want by sitting on it" or simply ordered to "Suck it up." On the other hand, if your new weight represents a decline, you might hear a laudatory, "You could be a part-time model!" While the Carrot Fit's personality sounds like a rather bizarre blend of HAL 9000 and Richard Simmons, its inventor says that users actually "get attached to” it and lose weight to please it. Uh huh.

More at Wtsp.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Study Finds Weight-Loss Apps Not Much Help

Tags: Weight-Loss Apps, Weight-Loss Technology, Carrot Fit, Diet Apps, Weight-Loss Gadgets

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Researchers Not Sure Why

2 Diet Drinks Up Women’s Heart Disease Risk

While we often think of sugar as a risk factor for disease, a new study says that women who consume diet drinks are more likely to have a cardiovascular event and 50% more likely to die than women who avoid them. While researchers did not prove cause and effect, the study suggests an association between diet drink consumption and poor health, says study leader Dr. Ankur Vyas, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, whose team followed 60,000 middle aged woman in the decade-long study. Researchers found that 8.5% of participants who drank 2+ diet drinks a day had cardiovascular disease versus 6.8% of participants who drank 4 or fewer drinks/week. Researchers also say that women who consumed the most drinks were more likely to smoke, be overweight, have high blood pressure and diabetes.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Kids Drinking Artificially Sweetened Drinks

Tags: Artificially Sweetened Beverages, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Diet Drinks, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, Dr. Ankur Vyas

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