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Newsflash

Published May 23, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

A vibrating fork (pictured below) is not the solution to your weight loss problem.

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This is the HAPIfork.

Sometime late last year, I was randomly told by a nice and well-meaning lady, who shall remain anonymous, that this gadget would “fix” my weight loss problem. I thought she was joking at first, but I realized she wasn’t. After seeing it mentioned in Glamour magazine just recently, I was reminded of that, and decided to write about it.

The HAPIfork is a “smart-fork” which gently vibrates and flashes indicator lights when it decides you’re eating too fast.

From Dezeen.com: “Created by Hong Kong-based gadget company HAPILabs, the HAPIfork helps users lose weight by reminding them to eat more slowly. The idea is that the slower you eat, the faster you feel full, so it’s easier to eat less. Sensors inside the fork count the times it travels from plate to mouth, and eating too fast causes it to gently vibrate and flash its lights. The device also works out the start and end time of the meal and the number of forkfuls eaten.”

I get the concept, but I feel that the product is dumb. The real solution is to eat smaller portions and exercise the willpower to not shovel your food down like you are a starving animal. Which is easier said than done, I know, but if you can’t do that on your own, I do not think this gadget is going to help you.

Why? Because those gentle vibrations are gonna be real easy to tune out, and if not, and you want to eat more, you will put the HAPIfork away and get out a regular, unhappy fork and eat like you normally do.

You need to change yourself, and this product is not going to do that for you. I guess it might help some people, but it is not a fixer all by its lonesome.


P.S.- Little electric shocks would work a hell of a lot better than gentle vibrations, in my opinion. 😉