Can a Bra Control Cravings?
It's come to this. Microsoft is developing a bra that tells women when to stop emotionally overeating.
Some smartypants have developed a prototype for a smart-bra that can detect mood swings in women and warns them against emotional over-eating. The project was carried out by Microsoft in collaboration with the scientists and researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of Southampton. Don't laugh because there's a whole paper on it too, titled "Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating."
How it works
Basically, sensors in the bra measure a wearer's heart rate for emotional changes. A connected smartphone application will then send out a message that urges the wearer to refrain from that late-night donut. The app will then rain on your hungry butt with a litany of healthy food alternatives.
Mental tricks to stop cravings
While this bra is kind of genius (and insulting at the same time), there are no plans to put the product into your nearest lingerie department. As tempting as that hot fudge sundae sounds right now, you'll just need to rely on good ol' fashioned will power, or some of these other tips from FitDay.com:
Distraction: Because we eat when we're bored, find ways to keep yourself busy. Walk, jog, craft, meet up with a friend at a non-food location.
Disappear: Avoid activities where there's tons of food around. This might mean you show up after meal time at your next Christmas Party.
Repeat Your Mantra: FitDay says, "Creating a mantra that you can repeat to yourself during times of temptation will eventually sink in and empower you. One well known mantra is: 'A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.'"
Water: Trick your brain into thinking you ate or that it's full. Everytime you want to eat a calorie bomb, drink boring but calorie-free water instead. Still bored with stupid water? FitDay suggests adding fruit wedges, such as lemon, lime or orange for flavor.
Brushing your teeth: Not only is it good for dental hygiene, brushing tricks your brain into thinking you had something sweet. Also, why would you want to put more cavity-inducing food into a just-brushed mouth?
Fitness blog Life Extenstion suggests these substitutes for your favorite carby, sugary or salty snacks:
|Candy||Nuts, fresh berries, homemade dried strawberries|
|Ice cream||Unsweetened yogurt with fruit or frozen, low-sugar smoothie|
|French fries||Baked zucchini bites|
|Chocolate bars||Unsweetened dark chocolate coca nibs|
|Nachos||Avocado spread with quinoa crackers|
|Pie||Apples (or your favorite fruit) with almond or cashew butter|
|Lasagna||Stuffed peppers or tomatoes with lean protein|
|Mashed potatoes||Sweet potatoes, mashed green plantains or mashed cauliflower|
|Potato chips||Kale chips or your favorite homemade baked veggie chips with hummus|
|Soda||Naturally flavored seltzer water or seltzer water splashed with a hint of juice|
|Milkshakes||low-sugar smoothies with avocado base|
|Bonbons||homemade whey balls|
|White crackers||Low-carb almond crackers or quinoa crackers with hummus|
|Fried foods||Lightly breaded and baked foods|
|Cake||Homemade protein chia bars|
How do you stop those cravings?